It won’t be that wrong if we remark that the youth in the US is very much prone to addictions. All the efforts that the authorities have come up with, for the purpose of keeping the adolescents and the children away from addictions have been sort of futile. In this country teenagers who are no more than children are addicts. We can’t even blame the prosperity of the country behind this phenomenon as children getting caught in addictions are a sad story all over the world. The economic state has little to do as far as the addictions are concerned. An addict some how or the other arranges for the taste of the addiction irrespective of the money factor. Addictions meet out the same ill effects whether they are bought for a hefty price or for a penny. The only possible difference is that in countries like the US people are addicts to the costlier addictions just because they can afford them and in the poorer countries and amidst the poorer sections of the society the cheaper addictions are popular. The damage these addictions do to the rich and the poor are the same. There is a growing urge among the thinkers, the world organizations, and the governments to protect the upcoming generation from the addictions.
Smoking is one of the cheapest addictions. Easily available this addiction is also very common among the people living below the poverty line for the simple fact that smoking is an appetite killer. People just fail to see how much resources get burned with a burning cigarette. In the third world countries smoking is also responsible for the stable rate of poverty. Smoking is also a status symbol for many. For many others smoking holds sex appeal. Whatever the reason smoking is an evil and it has to defeated inspite of the fact that it’s an uphill task. In countries like the US people try to inflate their egos and show off their status by smoking. That is the reason why the water pipes are gaining more and more popularity. Water pipes or hookahs as they are known as in India have a royal touch to it. They were in vogue in the ages of the kings and the princes and today they are the apt tools of show off. Only the ones who have the strength to afford these show offs taste these addictions and as such they are popular in the higher social strata and in the developed countries. Water pipes also have a myth attached to them that they are not as harmful as the cigarettes. This is as false as it can be. Be it the myth or the royal feeling attached to the hookah the US youths are finding themselves getting more and more addicted to it.