An experiment was tested in the streets of New York City by Dennis Cee to see how many adults would consent to giving a ten year old boy a lighter for his cigarette. The video “Would You Prevent a Child From Smoking?” is published on Dennis Cee’s YouTube channel and has approximately 2 million views.
Some people in the video participated in providing the lighter while others were rude, but one particular individual named Ryan shared his touching story about the side effects of smoking that caused tears for the young boy. Ryan, has cancer and has lost his voice due to the harsh effects of smoking. He emphasizes that the results are real just, like the commercials and advertisements made on social media.
After watching the clip, senior Daisy Mendoza said, “ At first I was convinced society was very corrupt and at the end I was definitely convinced to never smoke.”
Senior Gabriela Perez said, “Watching this video made me want to cry at the end, but it also made me angry that some people agreed to light up the cigarette.”
Sophomore Hope Blackwell said, “I was heartbroken, I realized how uncaring our world has become. Seeing people tell the boy that they started smoking at the same age discussed me.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.” There is more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States because of cigarette smoking.
Although the video was unrealistic and used for reaction purposes the message it has is clear especially for young adults because the side effects of smoking are severe.