Smoking Incidence and Disparities !!! View Surgeon General's 2014 Report on the Health Consequences of Smoking
Smokers are hooked when they are children !!!
|Approximately 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Every day,
nearly 3,000 young people under the age of 18 become regular smokers.
Among adults in the United States who have ever smoked
daily, 91.3% tried their first cigarette and 77.0% became daily smokers
before age 20 years (2). Among high school seniors who had ever tried
smokeless tobacco (SLT), 73% did so by the ninth grade (2).
Cigarette usage in Kentucky is well established by the 8th grade (3).
A survey of 20 life-time smokers at Somerset High School in 2002 showed the
average grade of starting smoking is 8.8. |
Children will imitate their piers and role models. If they see a teacher or sports figure smoking, they will be motivated to smoke. Thus, keeping children from not smoking can largely be achieved by presenting to them community models of not smoking. This is called the "Paradigm Shift" theory of smoking prevention. As one child said to me after a non-smoking school presentation "If smoking is really that bad for you wouldn't it be illegal".
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|The 2010 Kentucky youth tobacco survey evaluated middle school children and showed a 40% decline in smoking and a 29% decline in overall tobacco use between the years of 2002 and 2019. However, 17% of middle school children still used tobacco products and nine percent still smoked. In addition 48% of middle school children who are non-smokers are exposed to secondhand smoke. In Kentucky, 37% of high school students use tobacco products, 27% smoke and 17% use smokeless tobacco. Thus, 63% of childhood smokers started in or before middle school.|
The following is from a survey of 46 Somerset, KY High School Students (Year 2000):
|Lifetime Tobacco Users||85%||50%||70%|
|Current Tobacco Users||73%||20%||50%|
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