Mt Druitt Teenage Smoking Strategy Study

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Running Head:MT DRUITT TEENAGE SMOKING STRATEGYMt Druitt Teenage smoking strategyName of the StudentName of the UniversityAuthor note
1MT DRUITT TEENAGE SMOKING STRATEGYTable of ContentsBackground..........................................................................................................................2Problem identification.........................................................................................................2Program development..........................................................................................................3Key People and Sectors.......................................................................................................4Timeline...........................................................................................................................4Program objectives and strategy..........................................................................................5Program implementation.....................................................................................................7Need of budget...................................................................................................................11Evaluations........................................................................................................................11Evidence............................................................................................................................13Conclusion.........................................................................................................................13References..........................................................................................................................15Appendix- A Health Teaching Plan for school teenagers.................................................19Appendix B – An Evaluation Form...................................................................................21Appendix C-Health campaign poster.................................................................................21Appendix D- Pamphlet for parents (created by author).....................................................23
2MT DRUITT TEENAGE SMOKING STRATEGYBackgroundTeenagers in Australia are addicted to smoking. The increasing smoking rate in Australiais mainly due to young and adult people who have passed on this trend to the teenagers(Tobaccoinaustralia.org.au, 2017). Underage smoking is a major health issue. As per theAustralian secondary schools Survey, 5% of the children aged 12-15 smoke (Evans-Whipp etal., 2015). Substances commonly smoked by teenagers are cigarettes, Cannabis, Hooka, andelectronic cigarettes. In the city of Sydney, comprised of 33 suburbs, the local government hasidentified smoking use among teenagers as a worrying and alarming issue in the community.There are designated areas for smoking for school children (www.dailytelegraph.com.au, 2017).The assignment is focussed on among teenage smoking in Mt Druitt, in NSW. In response to thehealth issue, the assignment aims to develop a health promotion proposal to combat thedetrimental effects of teenage smoking in this area of Sydney. The assignment thoroughlydiscusses the short and long-term objectives and strategies to be incorporated in the healthdevelopment proposal. Further, the assignment presents the comprehensive implementation planfor the project and highlights the resources needed for the success of the project. The evaluationof the proposal is also presented. The assignment also contains the teaching plan, an evaluationstrategy, one poster and a pamphlet in the appendices section of the paper.Problem identificationBefore discussing the health development program let us discuss the smoking problemidentified in Mt Druitt, which is a suburb of Sydney in the state of NSW. It is located 27 mi thewest of the Sydney central business district. It is the part of the greater Sydney western region.
3MT DRUITT TEENAGE SMOKING STRATEGYAs perwww.dailytelegraph.com.au (2017) Mt Druitt in NSW has the highest smoking rate(31.2%). It is the third highest in the country.It is the consequences of not only peer pressure but also the advertising companies thatare exploiting the loopholes of the restrictions. Teenagers believe that smoking will assist in theirtransition to adult life. Popular movie scenes and the pack designs reveal that the teenagers aresmoking more than before. For example, the Sigourney Weaver’s smoking scene in Avatar.Other factors responsible for teenage smoking in Mt Druitt is most children with the history ofjuvenile justice, domestic violence, and children withdrawing from school due to the smokingban in Warrakirri College and others (Tobaccoinaustralia.org.au, 2017).Program developmentThere are multiple reasons which provoked the development of this health proposal. Thefirst reason is the greater focus on the youth and adults in Australia for reducing smoking rates.Underage smoking is thus neglected, where the teenage smoking is increasing the rate of youthsmoking. The Mt Druitt area gets few amount of money allocated for the health programs fromthe total health budget of the government. In this suburb, the high percentage of teenagers andadolescents are practising harmful smoking and alcohol practices, which are aggravating thehealth consequences (Parada et al., 2016). It includes increasing the risk for heart disease, heartattack, lung cancer, throat cancer, and lung diseases. There is an increase in psychological issuesdue to re-occurringnicotine withdrawalsymptoms (Evans-Whipp et al., 2015).Smoking in Mt Druitt is profound due to socioeconomic disadvantage and lack of federalgovernment initiatives for disadvantaged communities. More teenagers from this suburb arerepresented in the respiratory diseases, increased heart rate and blood pressure. Young adults
4MT DRUITT TEENAGE SMOKING STRATEGYwith infertility and impotence problem were found with smoking habits since teenage. There isan increase in stress and depression level among the teenagers and re-occurringnicotinewithdrawalsymptoms. The health impact of teenage smoking manifested in early adolescents isgum diseases, vision and hearing impairments (Carcoba et al., 2014).These evidences call for a health-promoting initiative designed explicitly for Mt Druitt tomitigate the consequences caused by the teenage smoking. The program will be titled as "MtDruitt Teenage smoking strategy" with the primary goal of reducing the teenage smoking rate inMt Druitt. The target population for this health promotion program has teenagers aged 13-19years as well as the parents of these teenagers as the key partner in this initiative.Key People and SectorsA program can be successful after its implementation only if the chosen workforce isactive, ethical, compassionate, unbiased, have effective communication skills and oratory skills(Jolley, 2014). Adequate assistance will be taken from the local government of Sydney toincrease the awareness level about the teenage smoking in the chosen area. Parents will be thekey parent in this campaign. The other partner sectors and organisations that will be included areNSW Department of Education, NSW police force, local high schools, and other privateorganisations. Volunteers will be recruited for pamphlet distribution and advertisements. Healthexperts of government and private hospitals will be involved to undertake the surveys orinterviews.TimelineTime management is a vital factor in any activity. For the success of proposals, realisticgoals are needed so that it can be achieved in a set time frame (Kaufman, 2012). The objectives
5MT DRUITT TEENAGE SMOKING STRATEGYof the concerned teenage smoking strategy is planned to be implemented in one year. Theduration of the time-bound plan may be extended as per the results of the evaluation (EdelmanMandle & Kudzma 2013). Planning for the program implementation may take one month whichmay start in November 2017. The planning includes the selection of the camp locations,recruitment of workers, a design of poster and pamphlets. The remaining 11 months will beallocated for running program. In the last month, an evaluation strategy will be developed that isin December 2018.Program objectives and strategyTo tackle a health issue with specific initiates, there must be defined goals and objectives.In this context planning is a collaborative effort (Eldredge et al., 2016). Given below is the long-term and the short-term objectives of the Mt Druitt Teenage Smoking strategy.Short-term objectivesObjectivesStrategy1.Raise awareness about the mental andPhysical health consequences of smokingIncrease awareness among teenagersabout harmful effects of smoking onhealthPromotion of children friendly eventsin Mt Druitt that does ban smokeEmploy teenagers or famouspersonality who had quit smoking toshare personal storyEncourage licensed premises thatstrictly refuse sales to teenagersReinforcement of scheme of showingage proofStringent policies to enforce penaltiesfor breaching the licensing terms andconditions2.Discourage teenagers from smokingRecruitment of teachers from schoolsin Mt Druitt areas for awarenesscampaignsEducation campaign in community3.Encourage the school children to fight theArrange talk sessions in each camp
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