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 - on non-smokers' rights and issues and that you...
on non-smokers' rights and issues and that you will support their efforts to pass laws designed to protect the health of non-smokers. Now that you know that all smoke is harmful, you should get involved in the fight to solve the problem of secondhand smoke. For, after all, it may be okay to kill yourself with smoke, but it is not okay to kill others with you! OPINION THIRD PLACE MICHELLE L. SHANDICK INDIANA GRADE EIGHT A group of students stand in silence. They are not at a dance or a party, but at a funeral. Each year, according to U.S. Weekly, 5,000 teens die because of suicide. Are we doing enough to help these teenagers? In 1990 U.S. Weekly took a survey of 1,986 teenagers showing that 30 percent had considered teen suicide, 4 percent attempted it and 60 percent knew a peer who had attempted or succeeded at suicide. With statistics like these, it's clear that the country has not given enough thought to this issue. Why do teenagers feel they need to kill themselves? Some say it's an influence of heavy-metal music or pressures by friends or other peers. Breaking up with a boyfriend/girlfriend is another reason. Being a teenager, I understand the pressure on teens today. Teens face more problems today than their parents did, like AIDS and an increase of drugs; in fact, suicide rates have tripled since the 1950s. People need to be able to recognize symptoms and be able to prevent teen suicide. Some people think showing television commercials about teen suicide will prevent it. In reality, it influences it. Teens think they are showing it on television so it must be right. There are ways to prevent it, but also many ways to influence it. To understand teen suicide we need to ask questions, notice symptoms and be able to prevent it. Teen suicide is growing so much that, according to USA Today, it is the second largest cause of deaths in young people, next only to accidents. There are more suicides among teens than in adults because teens don't yet understand that the obstacles in life which may seem hopeless are really not. Symptoms to watch for include complaints of being bored, a loss of weight and tiredness. Many people don't un-

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  1. Indiana Gazette,
  2. 24 Mar 1992, Tue,
  3. Page 53

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