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Teens and Ciggerette SmokingCigarette smoking is of interest to the National Institute on Drug Abuse both because ofthe public health problems associated with this form of substance abuse and because thisbehavior represents a prototypic dependence process In the past few years thegovernment has made every effort to reach the masses in an attempt to curb theexploitation of tobbacco use and its acceptance among Americas Youngsters Howevercigarette smoking among adolescents is on the rise The premise that the behavior of adolescents is influenced by the behavior of theirparents is central to many considerations of health and social behavior AusubelMontemayor Svajiian 1977 Bandura Walters 1963 Many young people between10-18 years of age experiment with smoking smoking is a personal choice and usuallyexploratory in nature Typically it takes place in rather young people and is largelydependent on first the availability of opportunity to engage in the behavior secondhaving a fairly high degree of curiosity about the effects of the behavior third in findingit a way of expressing either conformity to the behavior or others such as parents oldersiblings or peers forth as in Miller and Dollars explanation of ObservationalLearning The Copying behavior effect This research is to examine the effects of parental smoking behavior has on thedecision of teens to smoke cigarettes Due to prior studies using global measures thatmay or may not include South Eastern North Carolina The FayettevilleFort Bragg areawas chosen for this study to pinpoint the effects in this particular locale Fort Bragg andPope Air Force Base have a very diverse socieo-economic and culturally diversepopulation which will have a positive effect on randomness of sample selection Withthis association in mind this researcher is interested in knowing if there is a relationshipof Parental influence on Teen Smoking within this Military Community IntroductionThe prevalence of cigarette smoking among young teenagers is a growingproblem in the United States many young people between the ages of 10-18 areexperimenting with tobacco During the 1040s and 50s smoking was
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