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If You're Still A child, Please Don't Attempt The Following Practices: - Opinion

In Kenya, a person who is under the age of 18 years old; is said to be a child. He or she is therefore prohibited by the law, against engaging in the following practices:

1) Taking alcohol.

Children are advised not to drink alcohol before they attain the age of 18 years and above. The use of alcohol during the childhood age, can lead to a wide range of health challenges and social problems, such as;

a) Increasing in health risks problems like; injuries, involvement in violence, etc.

b) Increasing risky associated behaviours, such as; having more love partners, early pregnancies, using of drugs abuse, etc.

2) Involving in games like; lotteries, football pools, etc.

The laws is very clear on the age at which people are allowed to enter into lottery games, football pools, etc. The laws that dictates by the Gambling Act of Kenya, says that any person who's under the age of 18 years, should not be allowed to enter into gambling games. The reasons that brought this Act in the first place, is to protect the young and vulnerable people; from addictive gambling games. The Act declares that anyone wishing to place a bet in a bookies, at a casino or play bingo has to be over 18 years old.

3) Smoking cigarettes.

Young smokers are more likely to report suffering of an overall diminished level of health problems, compared to non-smokers.

Active smoking is associated with young people, evidence in an increased risk for developing asthma and for exacerbating existing asthma cases. Smoking also causes wheezing; severe enough to be diagnosed as asthma in children and adolescents.

The evidence indicates that; the other health effects among young people are associated with current smoking, these include significantly reduced taste sensitivity and atrophic papillary structures, compared to non-smokers.

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