Juvenile Smoking and Marijuana Use

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Juvenile Smoking leading to use Marijuana (Research Methods for Criminal Justice)

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Research has found that teenagers who used cigarettes were twelve times more likely to graduate to marijuana use. A similar study conducted by Denise Kandel (1992) revealed that use of marijuana affects dopamine levels in the brain in a similar way to nicotine. Cigarette smoking facilitates consumption of other substances. Smoking cigarettes initiate juveniles into the sensation of drug inhalation, which desensitizes them from the feeling of smoke clouding their lungs. This paper finds that marijuana pervades the life of a juvenile tobacco smoker. Teenagers who smoke cigarettes
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However, this is not directly associated to the smoking of cigarettes as juveniles. When an individual takes on the road to drugs, the turning point in life to unhook oneself from the addiction comes late. When one gets addicted to cigarettes, followed by marijuana, the next drug on the list is usually Heroine of cocaine. Drug taking is like a ground down an escalator. Once on the escalator, it is hard for one to get off on the way.

A reduction of fifty percent in smoking of cigarettes among juveniles could cause a reduction in use of marijuana among juveniles by as much as 16.5-28.5% (Ochsner, 2006). The high end of this range makes the assumption that half of the fifty seven percent of juveniles who used cigarettes would not have used marijuana if they had not experimented with cigarettes. The low end makes the assumption that forty two percent of the fifty seven percent of juveniles who first smoked cigarettes might try marijuana even without trying cigarettes first.

Sampling and Research Design

This research used surveys, and the combination of the statistics obtained with those obtained from other research carried out prior to the research. The survey involved filling out of questionnaires distributed to several juvenile volunteers. The survey was an open one, where anybody who had juvenile experience could help in the survey. Thus, social workers and youth leaders were crucial respondents in the survey. Those that felt the survey was

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