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HOW SMOKING AFFECTS TEENAGERS Assessment smoking among teenagers is on the rise Statistics have shown that smoking trends were decreasing between 1976 and 1985 by approximately 10 but have started to climb since the early 1990s Lawrence 1999 Over the last decade there has been more than a seventy- percent increase in youth smoking The average age of onset of smoking is fourteen years old Ninety percent of those who smoke began before the age of eighteen wwwhealthierohioorg Not all adolescents are at the same risk level to smoke Studies have been done that demonstrate who is at more risk to smoke than others are but adolescents of every race socioeconomic and sex are affected Smoking rates are more than doubled among white adolescents than African American adolescents are Children who are more committed to education religion and family are in general at lower risk for cigarette use Lawrence 1999 p699 Smoking is not a disease but it is an addiction that usually begins among high school students An addiction is a compulsive psychological need for a habit-forming substance such as nicotine There are eight major risk factors that contribute to adolescent smoking The first one is the social influences an environmental factor in a teens life There are two types of social influences direct and indirect The direct social influences are all of the effects that peers and family have on a youth smoking Peers demonstrate to each other the ease of obtaining cigarettes and the message that smoking is a normal and necessary aspect of the peer group Lamkin 1998 Parental influences regarding smoking has shown to be a significant general factor promoting youth smoking even greater than peer smoking and socioeconomic status Males 1995 p228 The indirect social influences include the effects of the media and tobacco advertisers They create a positive attitude related to smoking in adolescents minds Adolescents are more likely to believe information
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