The War on Tobacco

The No Smoking sign, designed by one of the members of AIGA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’ve been following the WellPower blog this month, you know that we’ve been focusing on tobacco use as a health issue, and debating the implications of raising the smoking age to 21. Aside from the controversy surrounding the legal age of smoking, I think one thing that we can all agree on is how effective anti-tobacco education and awareness programs have become over the past two decades.

The ‘Truth’ anti-tobacco campaign has had a big impact: evaluations show that 90% of youth aged …read more

To Smoke or Not to Smoke (At Age 18): That is the Question

As you may know, during the month of February the WellPower blog team has been considering the pros and cons of raising the legal age of cigarette smoking from 18 to 21. Our fellow colleagues at Campaign Consultation weighed in to let us know what they think about the Maryland Smoking Age debate.

I don’t think that the legal age to smoke should be raised from age 18 to age 21. Adults should continue to make decisions for themselves and deal with the consequences accordingly. – Adiyah Ali

 

 

 

 

 

I think smoking is a dangerous habit, …read more

Solutions Needed: A Small Habit With A Lifetime Of Consequences

English: Herbal Cigarettes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While in college, I once asked my professor how he had stopped smoking cigarettes. In his English accent he answered, “Well, when I went to buy cigarettes I would find myself at the shop counter asking for Marl-bor-lo, Marl borrow, Marlbro…I eventually just gave up!” I know my professor was kidding…but I really do wish smoking habits could be so easily dropped. Smoking tobacco is extremely addictive, and starting at a young age can cause detrimental health effects in the future.

I am not illustrating my own opinions about Senator Jennie M Forehand’s …read more

Legally Responsible

 

its hard keeping this one on one hand and the camera on the other. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Senator Jennie M. Forehand (D-District 17) is retiring this year and her new bill is evidence she wants to end her tenure with a bang. Sen. Forehand is introducing a bill that would further restrict young adults in Maryland from purchasing cigarettes by three years – raising Maryland’s legal smoking age to 21.

Advocates for this bill are likely to argue the severe health detriments caused from first and second-hand smoke warrants such a law:

Pinpointing cigarette smoking as the leading …read more

Maryland’s Smoking Age Debate

Smoke (Photo credit: AMagill)

During the month of February, the WellPower blog team will be considering the pros and cons of raising the legal age of cigarette smoking from 18 to 21. This debate was prompted by legislation that will be introduced this year by Maryland State Senator Jennie M. Forehand (A Democrat from District 17 in Rockville) to raise the smoking age.

We’ll be blogging about the smoking age debate from different perspectives, and inviting others to weigh in on this issue throughout the month.

We would love to hear from you! Please tweet us @WellPowerBlog #SmokingAge …read more