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Smoking in public schools By: Stephen Trujillo 1
• Over the years smoking in public schools has decreased. Simply due to awareness of the health risks, exploitation of the tobacco companys, and lower commercialism.• The over all amount of smokers in public high schools and middle schools have greatly decreased to 22% since 1997, when the percentage of smokers was at 36%. 2
• Tobacco companys have stopped pushing cigarette advertisements as much as they use to in the past. Scientific studies have proven a lot of negative reasons for people not to smoke, mostly being health risks.• Such as, number one cause of cancer in Americans , growth stunt, gum disease. Etc. 3
Decrease in the percent of smokers in high school.• Between 2008 and 2011 the number of middle school students who used any tobacco products in the past 30 days declined from 6.9% to 5.6% at the high school level, the percent of students using any tobacco products declined slightly from 27.8% to 25.8% eight of the decreases is significantly statistical. 4
• Access to cigarettes, Over two-thirds of smokers under the age of 18 (66.9% MS; 72.3%) get there cigarettes from borrowing cigarettes or giving money to someone to purchase the cigarettes.• About 10% (9.7%) of underage high school students usually get their cigarettes by purchasing them in a store. 5
• QUITTING, about half of high school smokers want to quit (48.7%) and just over half have made an attempt to quit in the past 12 months (51.6%) these figures are unchanged since 2008. 6
• Home environment, friends and smoking, three- fourths of middle school smokers (75%) and over half of high school smokers (57,8%) are living with someone who is a smoker greatly increasing the odds of becoming a smoker.• Current smokers tend to form friendship groups around other smokers in high school. (78.5%) of smokers but only (14.7%) of non smokers have two or more smokers amount their four closet friend. 7