Does Knowledge of Health Risks Reduce Teen Smoking?
|December 7, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Drug and Alcohol, Health, Research, Youth Development||
Fewer adolescents are smoking cigarettes even though their attitudes about the risks associated with smoking have not decreased, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The report, State Estimates of Adolescent Cigarette Use and Perceptions of Risk of Smoking: 2009 and 2010 describes the beneficial impact of smoking prevention and education programming on adolescent smoking rates, although the impact was not apparent in all states.
Ohio and West Virginia were among states with the highest rates of teenage smokers (11.2 and 11.9 percent respectively) though both saw their rates decrease significantly since 2002-03. In Pennsylvania, 10.3 percent of adolescents reported they had smoked in the past month according to the 2009-10 data, another significant decrease from 2002. Overall, 44 states in the county experienced significant decreases in adolescent smoking during this decade.
Nationally, the adolescent rate of perceived health risk from smoking a pack of cigarettes daily increased from 63.7 percent in 2002-03 to 65.4 percent in 2009-2010. Only five states saw significant growth in the amount of teens who perceived a great risk from smoking cigarettes daily as well as a significant decline in their rate of smoking.
Citation: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Report: State Estimates of Adolescent Cigarette Use and Perceptions of Risk from Smoking: 2009 and 2010. Rockville, MD