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Reasons why young people ignore health warnings.

Updated: May 12, 2020

Young people probably ignore many of the health warnings for drinking and smoking and taking drugs as they may not care too much about the consequences of their actions. As they are young, they believe these health warnings are for older people and not for them.


Young people probably ignore health warnings as they have a belief and attitude like: "It won’t happen to me”. This is because they believe such problems will not affect them, that they are invincible and that they will live forever.


Young people probably ignore health warnings because they are influenced by family members who smoke or drink alcohol or take drugs and they seem OK and healthy and so the health warnings are irrelevant.


Young people probably ignore health warnings as they do not see themselves as being affected by the health problems caused by smoking, drinking alcohol or taking drugs as shown on the packaging as they may believe that “It is always older people who suffer from such illnesses and disease”.


Young people probably ignore health warnings because they are going to experiment with smoking and drinking alcohol and taking drugs anyway so there is no point in paying attention to health warnings.




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