Cut off the "social supply" of smokes
Family and friends need to stop being the go-to supplier for under-age smokers.
A friend or relative may think they are “just being nice” for buying, or giving cigarettes to a teenager. But setting someone up for an addiction, disease or even death is a “bad way to be nice.”
“Bad ways to be nice” is a campaign to help stop people from supplying tobacco products to teenagers.
Most underage smokers say they get their cigarettes from a “social source”, be it their parents, an older sibling, a relative or a friend.
Less than 10 per cent of tobacco retailers have sold to an underage smoker. That shows most teens are getting their cigarettes from those “social sources”.
Public Health wants anyone supplying tobacco products for a teen, to visit BadWaysToBeNice.com. The website offers ideas for how to say no to requests for cigarettes.
Bad Ways to be Nice - Video 1
Bad Ways to be Nice - Video 2
Smoke Free Movies
According to the WHO’s most recent edition of its report Smoke-free Movies: From Evidence to Action, movies showing the use of tobacco products have enticed millions of young people worldwide to start smoking. This global report reaffirms research done by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit concluding that in Ontario alone, at least 185,000 children and teens will be recruited to smoking cigarettes from exposure to onscreen smoking.
Smoke-free Movies: From Evidence to Action - 3rd edition