Health Officials Encourages Students to Sign Anti Smoking Pledge
In efforts to stop a new generation of possible smokers from getting the habit, Shenzhen health officials encouraged students at the Shenzhen Primary and secondary schools to sign their names in a public pledge to never pick up the habit of smoking. The project had more than 70,000 students from 200 schools participating in signing. One health center even participated and provided parents with urine test kits to see and check if their children have nicotine in their blood system.
This will be the second time for the Shenzhen health education and promotion center to reach out to the younger generation in efforts to reduce smoking among the younger generation since the city implemented the smoking ban in March 1 last year. Last year more than a thousand students have also pledged that they will resist the pressure to start smoking. experts say that this is an efficient way to enforce the smoking ban is to reduce the amount of cigarettes smokers and by informing the younger generation on the hazards of smoking will help control the increase in the new tobacco users and it will also help persuade family members to stop smoking as well.
Teachers say that peer pressure is one reason why youngsters are forced to try their first cigarettes and it is not rare to one or two boys in uniforms with cigarettes in their hands outside the school campus. A survey also showed that 4.7 percent of primary school students have already tried smoking and 16.2 percent of secondary school students tried smoking as well. although the number are lower than the national average but is high enough to attract attention.