With our high use of student volunteers, we fancy presenting topics that are relevant to this population. One such issue that teens encounter is whether to smoke or not to smoke. Many, if not most teenagers are faced with this decision. How they choose to answer this question will greatly impact their lives.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services(HHS), tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Researchers have determined that among young people, curiosity about tobacco products is a primary reason for tobacco experimentation and is a risk factor for future use. In their latest study, they examined whether curiosity about and ever-use of tobacco products among US middle and high school students changed from 2012 to 2014.
They concluded that the proportion of US students who are "never users" and are not curious about cigarettes and cigars had increased. However, many young people remain curious about tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The researchers believe that by understanding the factors driving the curiosity of tobacco, this information could be used to deter tobacco exploration in youths. Alexander Persoskie, PhD; Elisabeth A. Donaldson, PhD; Brian A. King, PhD, MPH