These numbers came from a Nuevo Laredo Health Department program called “Healthy Schools” which measured a number of different things but the Laredo Sun highlights this unfortunate finding.
“The behavior as of today is that out of every 15 students 5 smoke, which represents 30 percent of the evaluated students, or in average, out of every three students one smokes, this is important information provided by the Health Department, which is going to be very helpful to create strategies to combat this health problem among the youth,” he added.
Aside from the medical questionnaire the students also go their teeth checked, their posture and their way of walking with the aim of detecting problems with their spinal cord.
When I moved to Laredo in the mid-1990’s, I was SHOCKED that people at Mall del Norte smoked freely. There were ashtrays and plenty of people to use them. Since I was not such a mall go-er, I don’t know at what moment smoking was prohibited.
I am sure our own Laredo Health Department has statistics on local smoking habits. Despite all the changes in recent years with regards to banning smoking in public areas and discouraging smoking, this area still seems to have plenty of smokers. Let’s hope our numbers don’t match those of Nuevo Laredo.