Health Promotion Program
Florida International University
Dr. Chanadra Young-Whiting
Health Promotion Program
The health promotion program that I will be selecting will be to arrange seminars for raising awareness about the topic at hand. As mentioned earlier, the targeted audience must be over 18 as most smokers in this country begin this journey of self-destruction after 18 years. For this program's purpose, different universities in major cities throughout the United States will be selected. This is done based on many reasons. The most important of all of this is that most of the students on the university level are above 18, which precisely meets the criteria for the problem at hand.
The fact that most students are exposed to tobacco use in universities daily. It is estimated that 30% of all the smokers in the continental U.S. have started their additive journey from their student life. Another estimate says that more than 80% of the students have tried a cigarette somewhere during their educational phase.
This is the perfect platform for these kinds of seminars as people in their late teens and early 20s are mostly exposed to tobacco and because the habits and addictions that they will develop at this stage of their life will affect the rest of theory loves both directly and indirectly. By now, it is meant that if a student starts to use this drug at this stage of his or her life, he or she will develop addiction very rapidly, an addiction that is then hard to overcome. And by indirectly, it is meant that this use of this drug will define their lives further down the road.
An addicted person is less likely to get an excellent and well-paid job as compared to a person who has focused on his or her future. The amount of money spent on tobacco use is also a significant factor in defining an individual's financial status whatsoever (Andrea S. Gentzke). Looking at the example from every person's practical life, it is not very likely that one will see a person a well-groomed person with an excellent job to consume tobacco under any bridge. Still, also everyone in this country has seen homeless people do that now and then.
Most of these people have ended up homeless and without any money because they spend and everything on drugs like tobacco, and because of the effect of these drugs, they were unable to find a job, or no one was willing to hire them in the first place. Most of these are the people who were once students but for one life took a turn towards a better while for the other, because of the use of this drug, their life is completely ruined.
For the sake of this study, universities will be selected in five major cities of the United States of America. These include NYC, New York, Miami, Florida, Phoenix, Arizona, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Austin Taxes. There will be more places also selected for this purpose, but for the states, these five locations have been chosen to see the results and the effectiveness of this seminar altogether.
For the purpose of this research, the famous speaker Nick Vujicic will also be contacted. The reason behind spending a big chunk of the overall budget of a star like him is because the main aim of this seminar is not just to meet any kind of formality for the project at hand but also to ensure that the right message is conveyed effectively and that the students understand where do they stand in this time of their life and what effects will this harmful drug have on them once they fall in this pit of addiction that is extremely hard to get out of.
Here there is a greater emphasis on the quality rather than the glam as well as the quantity. For this, one has to understand that this is not a joke; these students are on the verge of making their lives successful or deem it a failure. Most of the student doesn't make it through so strong, they tend to fall for the temporarily soothing effect that is associated with this drug and before one realize he or she had spent a great deal on his or her fortune on this poison and now the student has a dark future. Indeed, this problem is not taken so seriously in the United States of America.
If one analyses, there is more to promote the use of tobacco than to stop it. Countless brands are selling this poison, and it can be found at any price, from a few cents to hundreds upwards of thousands of dollars (Brian A. King). With each passing day, the number of companies is increasing. The process is getting even more down than ever before, making it easier for anyone who wishes to buy it without doing anything illegal.
On the other hand, for the treatment of this addiction, thousands of dollars have to be spent on the medicine, and even then, there is a slim chance of recovery. In short, nowadays, it is easy to get a pack of poison than to get the medication that will aid in the treatment of the respective person that is slowly and willingly killing him or herself. There should be more effort to stop the use and spread of this kind of potentially deadly drug, which is precisely what this project aims at doing by trying to raise awareness about the dangers of using this drug and how it can ruin anyone's life easier.
Coming on to the schedule and the procedure, the entire project will last for ten days. Starting from 20th March, all the way to 30th March. During this time, there will be a stay in each city for a couple of day's ad in these days, and four universities will be targeted in and around the cities, two daily (NIC). Each seminar will last for 3 hours total.
The first one being from 9 am to 12 pm and the second one from 1 pm to 4 pm. In this way, students' university timing will be utilized, and at the same time, the crew will have more than enough time for the preparations of the next day. During those three hours, the first hour will be dedicated to enlightening the students and making them realize that how important this phase of their life is for the future. The principal of the respective place will do this. The next hour will be dedicated to students' exposure to too few tobacco use-related cases with the victims being of the same or similar age.
These cases will be related to both ends of the spectrum. Examples of these students who fell for this addiction and those students who focused on their future rather than getting involved in drugs will be displayed. And finally, the last hour will be given to the chief guest and the speaker of the day, Nick Vujicic, who will use his extraordinary communication skills and level best to get the right message across to the students. The same will be repeated for the second half of the day, and after the day, it will be the pack up and the preparation for the next day.
With all this, it is hoped that the right message will go across to the targeted audience and significantly affect them (WHO). If all goes well, but the end of this project, a total of twenty universities will be covered, which in turn means that a lot of the students, possibly towering up in thousands, will get the right message that they have to be given at this stage in their lifetime, a statement that most influencers and even the places like universities fail to communicate effectively to the people who have their entire lives lying in front of them.
It is not expected, by a farm, that hundreds of students that are regular smokers or even potential ones will leave this path and get back on the right track. Still, even if this effort aids in bringing only a few people to the right path, it will be considered a success. These people coming on the right track means that few lives precious and priceless lives will be saved from this poison (U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES). Other than that, there has to be an effort on the state and the federal level if this problem is to be eliminated.
Andrea S. Gentzke. "Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults — the United States." (2016). <https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/pdfs/mm6702a1-H.pdf>.
Brian A. King. "Tobacco Use Among Working Adults — United States." (2017). <https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6642a2.htm>.
NIC. "NCI Tobacco Control Monographs." (2021). <https://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/m21_complete.pdf>.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. "E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General." (2016). <https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Full_Report_non-508.pdf>.
WHO. "WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco smoking 2000-2025, second edition." (2016). <https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/272694/9789241514170-eng.pdf?ua=1>.