EA #2

By: Caitlyn Brown & Annabelle Yang 2-3

Smoking: a BIG Problem

In S.E. Hinton's novel, The Outsiders, smoking is a big problem. Many of the Greasers had started smoking when they were very young, even ages as little as eleven and nine! When the Greasers got hurt and end up in the hospital, they probably could have felt less pain or had a quicker recovery if they hadn't smoked. None of the Greasers really knew that smoking was bad for them, except for Darry who was very athletic and smart, according to this quote from the book: "Everyone in our neighborhood, even the girls smoked. Except for Darry, who was too proud of his athletic health to risk a cigarette" (Hinton 97).

Smoking in the Real World

In the real world, many people are falling to the vicious traps of smoking companies and peer pressure. Young people are falling victim to the smoking ads that are not only cute and fun, but they also exhibit peer pressure and the ' bandwagon' effect. The bandwagon effect creates a sort of peer pressure effect by making it seem like everybody else is doing it, so they should as well. Smoking problems and diseases has become more widely known, but still, more and more people try smoking. In the past, cigarettes only came in 1 flavor, original, but now, they have flavored cigarettes, such as cherry, orange, and chocolate. This is an ongoing problem that should be taken care of immediately.

Possible Solution

There are many solutions that we thought up, but none of them were that reasonable. The only one that could possibly be put into action is to seek help from family, friends, or a professional. In the novel, The Outsiders, Ponyboy probably couldn't afford a professional, but instead he could have asked Darry for help with his 'smoking problem'. "I was the weed-fiend in my family" (Hinton 97). Darry knew that smoking was not good for you, so he definitely could have helped Ponyboy.
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