TEEN BOARDING SCHOOLS
Government announces new tobacco control strategy
By Staff Writer
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new tobacco control strategy that will involve the inclusion of graphic health warnings on cigarette packages and advertisements, Occupational Health and Safety Online reports.
According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, an estimated 4,000 adolescents try smoking for the first time each day. Of these individuals, approximately 1,000 could become regular, daily smokers.
"Once final, these health warnings on cigarettes and in cigarette advertisements will be the most significant change in more than 25 years," she said, quoted by the news source. "These actions are part of a broader strategy that will help tobacco users quit and prevent children from starting."
The images - which depict gravestones, a dead man in a casket and diseased body parts - will be included on each package of cigarettes and aim to frighten away potential buyers.
Other pictures will show corpses with toe tags and autopsy scars, according to NJ.com. These visual warnings will be accompanied by messages such as "Cigarettes are addictive" or "Smoking can kill you."
Teens who engage in harmful habits such as smoking may find that boarding schools give them the guidance and support that they need in order to quit.