The percentage of people that begin smoking before the age of 18 is staggering — about 80 percent. Approximately 1.5 million packs of cigarettes are illegally purchased for minors each year in the US.
It is estimated that 600,000 underage kids pick up the habit of smoking annually, with an addiction rate higher than those of cocaine, marijuana or alcohol. A child’s decision to try tobacco often leads to a lifelong addiction.
In the video above, nine-year-old Jensen approaches strangers on the street to ask them for a light. You’ll be completely shocked to see how they react.
Not a single person gave him what he asked for. Some thoughtful folks even took the entire pack of smokes he was holding away from him.
Needless to say, they weren’t very happy to see a youngster smoking — a few people even began questioning their own reasoning for lighting up.
Here’s one memorable dialogue from the social experiment:
Kid: “Can I have a light?”
Kid: “Why not?”
Smoker: “Because you’re a child.”
Kid: “Why do you do it?”
Smoker: “Because I’m addicted.”
This smoking social experiment is definitely worth watching to see how society comes together to prevent America’s youth from picking up the deadly habit.
There’s hope for humanity, after all.