Smoking tobacco is part of many societies and cultures. It is also a major cause of many diseases, including cancers. There are many factors that play significant roles in influencing people to smoke, but the most common ones appear to be peer pressure, family history of smoking and the tobacco industry's advertising and media campaigns portraying smoking as a glamorous and socially accepted behavior. Family smoking and role models are significant factors in influencing young children to smoke. Smith and Mary Ann Stutts, reported that the most important factors associated with smoking are family smoking behavior, peer pressure and prior beliefs about smoking. Young people tend to imitate their parents behavior.
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Cigarette and smokeless tobacco companies spend billions of dollars each year to market their products. The money cigarette and smokeless tobacco companies spent in on U. Scientific evidence shows that tobacco company advertising and promotion influences young people to start using tobacco. The three most heavily advertised brands—Marlboro, Newport, and Camel—were the preferred brands of cigarettes smoked by middle school and high school students in Cigarette Brand Preferences among U. Middle School Students: 5. High School Students: 5.
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It describes the epidemic of tobacco use among youth ages 12 through 17 and young adults ages 18 through 25, including the epidemiology, causes, and health effects of this tobacco use and interventions proven to prevent it. Scientific evidence contained in this report supports the following facts:. We have made progress in reducing tobacco use among youth; however, far too many young people are still using tobacco. Today, more than , middle school students and 3 million high school students smoke cigarettes.
Despite widespread efforts at education and prevention, roughly one-quarter of U. Sadly, about three-fourths of those who smoke on a regular basis will continue smoking into adulthood. In part, this is because adolescents are more vulnerable than adults to becoming hooked on cigarettes. When researchers compared people of different ages who smoked the same number of cigarettes per day, they found that young people ages 12 to 17 demonstrated higher levels of nicotine dependence than any other age group.