Anti-smoking Initiatives for Youths – Another Futile Effort?

New measures have been put in place to prevent youths from picking up smoking. Announced on Thursday by the Health Promotion Board, these measures would reach out to the youth through ways of empowerment rather than enforcement. In my opinion, what these authorities fail to understand is that the desire, or rather the decision made, to smoke comes from within the individual, and such initiatives, one of them using peer pressure, would not have much effect on the whole. Yes, these initiatives might work, but I believe to a small extent at best. Speaking from personal experience, smoking serves as a stress-reliever and would just calm me down. I am not saying that once a smoker, always a smoker, but rather that this issue of quitting smoking now becomes a psychological one.


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