Tobacco use among teenagers is rising. A survey was conducted to assess the extent of tobacco use among 13,196 7th, 9th and 12th graders in six Pennsylvania counties. Findings indicated that overall 22% of those surveyed currently smoke cigarettes. Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to dislike school and expect a lower grade point average. In addition, smokers are more likely than non-smokers to agree that it is OK to sell tobacco to minors and don't mind being around people who smoke. Extension professions should develop educational programs relative to youth tobacco use. Potential exists for Extension professionals to work with teachers, families, schools, and other agencies at the local level to address youth tobacco use issues.
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|Journal of Extension
|Published - Jun 1997
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