ERIC Number: ED423033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Kids Voices Count: Listening to Delaware's Children Talk about Tobacco.
Delaware Univ., Newark. Kids Count in Delaware.
This Kids Count special report examines attitudes of adolescents in Delaware toward smoking and the use of tobacco products. Data are based on interviews with middle and high school students conducted by journalism students at Glasgow High School under the supervision of their teacher, and on statewide data. The report presents statewide data and highlights the experiences of individual teens with regard to tobacco use and smoking. Findings noted indicate that 33 percent of Delaware eleventh graders smoke on a regular basis, up from 31 percent in 1996 and 28 percent in 1995, with girls comprising the majority of smokers. Delaware youth start smoking at a younger age (12.5 years) than the national average of 14.5 years. The report also presents individual teens' opinions regarding the reasons youth start smoking, the impact of nicotine addiction, the difficulty of quitting smoking, beliefs about the dangers of smoking, suggestions for ways to prevent children from starting smoking. The interviews highlight the knowledge level of smokers regarding the dangers of nicotine, and the power of nicotine addiction. National data indicate that it is very easy for even elementary students to buy cigarettes, and that over 90 percent of fifth and eighth graders report having had some drug education in school. The report's final section presents one teen's view of tobacco advertising. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescent Behavior, Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Child Health, Childhood Attitudes, High School Students, Incidence, Intermediate Grades, Interviews, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Secondary Education, Smoking, Student Projects, Tobacco, Well Being
KIDS COUNT in Delaware, 298K Graham Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716-7350; phone: 302-831-4966; fax: 302-832-4987.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Delaware Univ., Newark. Kids Count in Delaware.
Identifiers - Location: Delaware