Christy Turlington Speaks Out Against Smoking
There is some good news about teen-age smoking: federal studies show that smoking
among high school students has dropped since 1997, from about 35 percent to
below 30 percent of young men and women. But 30 percent-one in three hs students
smoking-- is still outrageous, as far as super-model - and super role
model -- christy turlington is concerned. Christy's message to teens is, "it's
easier not to start and it is to stop.´ the former smoker speaks from
experience, having made several attempts to shake the habit before she succeeded:
Turlington: "It had more control over me than I
realized...so many teenagers think they have it under control or that they will
be able to quit when they want to or when they are an adult...and I had that sort
of an attitude for a long time...but then I realized the first time I sort of
tried to quit, I realized that I was addicted."
After christy quit cold turkey six years ago, she gained a bit of weight:
Turlington: "But I kind of expected it and was prepared
for it so I just sort of increased my exercise routine and I gained about
10 pounds but I knew from my many attempts before that it was a temporary process
and accepted that."
Christy says young people develop a positive image of smoking perpetrated
by movies, television, music and fashion:
Turlington: "So it's really important, when I talk
to teens, they understand that it's not fashionable, does not keep you thin,
it's not glamorous, it's not cool."
Christy urges the media to stop glamorizing smoking:
Turlington: "Our society is media driven, and it's almost
inevitable that young people look to celebrities as role models. But it's time
for those of us in the spotlight to act responsibly and really to think about
the image we're projecting."
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Created: 7/6/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.