Mike is a 17-year-old from Chicago, IL. He enjoys eccentric individuals, playing with computers and hopes to one day dominate the radio airwaves.
A new trend I started noticing in my town about 6 months ago is one that involves cigarettes, and some great misconceptions. The brand of cigarette, “Natural American Spirit” is advertised as being 100% Additive-free tobacco, and in my observations, has been enough to convince some kids to start smoking their brand.
Some friends of mine, as well as large group of teenagers in my Northwest Suburban town around Chicago started smoking American Spirit cigarettes awhile back because they were under the impression that they aren’t as harmful for your bodies such as other brands are. The problem however, is that the marketing statement of being additive-free does not mean that the cigarettes contains any less nicotine or chemicals. The truth is quite the opposite actually, with the majority of the American Spirit brand containing more nicotine than most other cigarettes, I personally see more and more kids turning to these cigarettes with false information in their heads.
This misinformation going around is quite an issue; not only do these cigarettes contain more addicting chemicals than most other cigarettes; they are also more expensive than most other brands. Teens need to be educated about not only the negative effects of smoking in general, but the ploys used by tobacco companies to gain business too. Despite telling my friends about the misinformation they’ve come to know and spread, this teen trend in my town is just not going away. Teenagers in my area simply hear the American Spirit slogan, and they instantly accept it as truth. My one thought on the subject is this; you shouldn’t smoke, it’s not good for you, but if you are going to, don’t listen to others and find out for yourself what it is your putting in your body, other people aren’t always right.