Tobacco Use In Adolescents

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Several themes have emerged through the analysis of the individual interviews. Adolescent tobacco use is greatly influenced by one’s social circle. Although, parental tobacco use may contribute somewhat to tobacco use in their children, peer pressure seems to take precedence in determining tobacco use in adolescents. Moreover, the ease in accessing cigarettes, when compared to drugs like marijuana or cocaine, seems to also influence tobacco use. Similarly, the interviewees reported that they ended up smoking tobacco more often because getting their hands on a pack of cigarettes was much easier than getting access to any other drugs. Furthermore, a lack in self-esteem, or a perceived lack in control over certain aspects of their life, such as,
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