Jim Smith UT (jsmith@SAREK.OSMRE.GOV)
Fri, 11 Aug 1995 08:14:46 -0600
Just my $0.02 worth.
If the figures I've heard are correct, in the U.S. 60% of smokers acquire the
habit before the age of 16, 80% before the age of 18. Having spent
several years in France I would estimate the statistics are similar for
Europe. It seems that the example set by adults, who probably started
using tobacco as youths themselves, is a very important
consideration. If tobacco use is in fact a health issue rather than
strictly a moral issue, then NO adult should try to minimize the
importance of the example they are setting for the scouts as regards
tobacco use (or anything else of course).
For my own part, I was ready to be a Lucky Strike smoker from my earliest
memories, because that's what my dad smoked. I thank God my father stopped
smoking when I was eight years old because it completely reversed my
attitude towards tobbaco. My two older sisters are/have been smokers: my
youngest sister and I are not, mainly because of the example that was
being set by our father as we each passed through adolescence.
I know my SM was not a smoker. I don't believe any of my other youth
leaders were smokers. Odds are some of them may have used tobacco, but I do
know that if they did, I never saw it. A powerful example from another
group that influenced many of the choices I made as an adolescent.
James D. Smith If history teaches anything it is that we will be
The opinions are my own sued whether we act quickly and decisively or
slowly and cautiously.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City