Teens Dig the Cig
by jsull5 on November 4, 2013 - 10:32pm
A study done in France on substance abuse discovered that cigarettes are often tried because of the pressure of social norms that teens face. This study revealed that teens smoke because cigarettes are portrayed as the social norm among their friend groups. Smoking tobacco with friends is casual and a normal thing to do, so teens forget or ignore the risks associated with the addicting habit. In a questionnaire, 721 students from a variety of different fields were asked how many, if any, cigarettes they smoked a month. Other questions were also asked about habits and other activities that the students did on a daily basis. The results revealed qualities that were present in all smokers and also qualities that could predict future smokers. These qualities included binge drinking, not supporting a smoke-free campus, friends' support of regular smoking, not being bothered by people smoking on campus, and being female. In conclusion, the highest influence for someone to start smoking or to continue smoking is the influences of their friendships and their friends’ opinions.
The main purpose of this article was to address the fact that, to many teens, smoking is considered a social norm. Smoking is a pressure that many teens will face growing up. This article revealed that the highest pressure to smoke is from friend groups, who have a significant role in a teen’s life. The most important information that this article disclosed is the qualities the study found to be in a smoker. This is because these qualities can be observed and changed for the better. If we follow the findings of this study, the social norm of smoking can be realized and eliminated. This would result in teens not smoking to “be cool” and could prevent many health problems they could face in the future. The main assumption of the author’s thinking is that this study has a lot of relevance in France but not worldwide. This is because the study was done with French students. The social norm of French teens and their friends may differ from the norms of other groups of teens.
Franca, L. R. (2009). Substance abuse treatment, prevention, and policy. Are social norms associated with smoking inFrench University students? A survey report on smoking correlates, 10, Retrieved from http://ehis.ebscohost.com.ezproxy2.drake.brockport.edu/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid e8ee5004-7560-45f1-9abd-52d0621292a6@sessionmgr114&vid=10&hid=116