Document Number: 6187Adolescent Cigarette Smoking: A Longitudinal Analysis Through Young Adulthood - Smoking results in more deaths each year in the United States than alcohol, cocaine, heroin, AIDS, suicide, homicide, motor vehicle accidents and fires combined, and it is estimated that about 80% of smokers have their first cigarette before they turn 18. This paper utilizes data on a nationally representative cohort of 1988 8th graders over a 12-year period, providing information about the incidence of daily smoking at various time-points and identifies and examines several specific developmental patterns. Selected findings: (1) two-thirds of teen and teen/young adult smokers reported smoking daily as adults; and (2) individuals were more likely to be teen/young adult smokers if they were from a family with a lower socioeconomic status or if they were not from a two-parent family. (David C. Miller, National Center for Education Statistics, June 2005)...
Related IssuesAt-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)