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Cigarette smoking is of interest to the National Institute on Drug Abuse both because of the public health problems associated with this form of substance abuse and because this behavior represents a prototypic dependence process In the past few years the government has made every effort to reach the masses in an attempt to curb the exploitation of tobbacco use and its acceptance among Americas Youngsters However cigarette smoking among adolescents is on the rise The premise that the behavior of adolescents is influenced by the behavior of their parents is central to many considerations of health and social behavior Ausubel Montemayor Svajiian 1977 Bandura Walters 1963 Many young people between 10-18 years of age experiment with smoking smoking is a personal choice and usually exploratory in nature Typically it takes place in rather young people and is largely dependent on first the availability of opportunity to engage in the behavior second having a fairly high degree of curiosity about the effects of the behavior third in finding it a way of expressing either conformity to the behavior or others such as parents older siblings or peers forth as in Miller and Dollars explanation of Observational Learning The Copying behavior effect This research is to examine the effects of parental smoking behavior has on the decision of teens to smoke cigarettes Due to prior studies using global measures that may or may not include South Eastern North Carolina The FayettevilleFort Bragg area was chosen for this study to pinpoint the effects in this particular locale Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base have a very diverse socieo-economic and culturally diverse population which will have a positive effect on randomness of sample selection With this association in mind this researcher is interested in knowing if there is a relationship of Parental influence on
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