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What lessons do we teach our youth?

On the 29th of May, 2010, I was at the Warsaw central station, just out of the Hard Rock cafe, when I spotted a young boy, just around 3 years old with his mother and her friends (most probably, unless they were all relatives). While his mother talked to her friends, he was playing around and suddenly, I saw him pick up something from the ground and the next thing I saw him do was, put this thing he had picked up from the ground into in his mouth and ... there it was ... a thrown off cigarette bid ... by some idiot (sorry for me saying that). What surprised me most was, the way this child was holding the cigarette between his fingers and pretending to be smoking! He put the cigarette into his mouth, pretended as if he was puffing and then exhaled !!!

Is that all we got to show & teach the children around us? 

I have no idea, who in his family smokes, be it his father, mother or others, but, who-so-ever does so, is certainly not setting any good example for the child. Rather, such an act, is not setting any better example for our children! The question is, what can we do about this? And the answer is something which can be best answered by those, who smoke! I don't smoke and, I am glad that, I will not be one of those to set any wrong examples to the youth. For those who do smoke, please think once ... how much more of education would it take for you to understand that, 'smoking kills' ... while it is clearly mentioned on the cigarette packs ... yet when you continue to smoke is a clear example of how our society has failed often to motivate our follow beings from choosing to live a better life and to make our world a better place to live. 

For all those who continue to smoke, please do at the cost of your own health and to the health of your own children. If possible, I'd want the government to ban smoking in all public places, and all possible medias, including cinema, from where, non-smokers could possibly even get a feeling of trying their first puff.

PS: the photo used in this article is NOT to promote smoking, rather, to warn its effects on our youth
Contributed by: Mohinder Pal Singh 
City: Kolkata
Country: India
Date: June 20, 2010