#notafavour is challenging the attitudes behind giving cigarettes to young people.
The #notafavour campaign is challenging the attitudes and assumptions behind giving cigarettes to young people.
Most underage smokers get their cigarettes from family, friends and other people they know. These people think they're doing them a favour – but they're actually helping to develop and maintain an addiction that causes long-term ill-health and money worries.
If you want to help, you can:
- think about the chances you have to get the #notafavour message out there
- access posters, postcards, leaflets and digital content from the #notafavour website to display wherever you have the chance
- share the #notafavour hashtag and put the #notafavour Twibbon on your profile
- find out about Scotland's Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation and how your organisation can join
Smoking: the numbers
Smoking is a bad idea at any age.
- Around two thirds of adult smokers started before the age of 18, and 80% before the age of 20.
- The average smoker in Scotland has 13 cigarettes a day, which costs around £130 per month or £1600 per year.
- Smoking 13 cigarettes a day puts 91 grams of tar into your lungs every year.
- Every cigarette smoked results in 11 minutes of life lost.
- Non-smokers exposed to other people's smoke long-term have a 20% to 30% increased risk of contracting lung cancer or stroke.
- They also have a 25% to 30% increased risk of coronary heart disease.
Addiction in young people
There are reasons it’s illegal to provide tobacco to anyone under 18. Teenagers underestimate the risks of smoking, find it more rewarding, and are more influenced by the behaviour of smokers around them. They also get dependent on nicotine faster than adults do.
Developing a smoking habit early is associated with heavier smoking and greater nicotine dependency later on, as well as a lower chance of quitting and a higher mortality rate. Almost 70% of smokers say they want to quit – so the young people starting now are most likely going to end up struggling to stop at some point in the future.
There's a lot of help out there if you want to stop smoking. Smokeline can help anyone who's thinking about quitting, or even just looking for information.
Urgent advice: Arrange to see a GP if:
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