Sometimes, the best way to reduce tobacco use is not through negative consequences but through positive reinforcement. That’s why, in addition to working on the legislative side of things, we also partner with community organizations, including schools and youth centers, to promote lifestyle changes that will make tobacco consumption less attractive.
Students often say that they start smoking because they are feeling stressed out and want to relax. We know from decades of research that the best ways to combat stress are to eat a healthful diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. If we want to incentivize a non-smoking lifestyle, then, one good way to do that is to help students develop these other stress-coping mechanisms. This will make sure that students and others know that when they are feeling overwhelmed, they don’t need to turn to tobacco for relief.