ERIC Number: ED479831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Report on Teen Cigarette Smoking and Marijuana Use.
Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
While other surveys seek to measure the extent of substance abuse in the population, the "CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse VIII: Teens and Parents" probes substance-abuse risk and identifies factors that increase or diminish the likelihood that teens will abuse tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs. This year, CASA asked a series of questions to examine statistical associations between teen cigarette smoking and teen marijuana use. The troubling findings include: teens who smoke cigarettes are 14 times likelier than those who do not to try marijuana; teens who have tried marijuana and are current cigarette smokers are 60 percent likelier to be repeat marijuana users; teens who are current cigarette smokers are six times likelier than those who have never smoked cigarettes to report that they can buy marijuana in an hour or less; fifty-five percent of teens who are current cigarette smokers report more than half their friends use marijuana; among teens who are repeat marijuana users, 60 percent tried cigarettes first; seventy-seven percent of teens believe that a teen who smokes cigarettes is more likely to use marijuana. Two appendixes contain survey methodology and data. (GCP)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Correlation, Marijuana, Predictor Variables, Smoking, Substance Abuse
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 633 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017-6706. Tel: 212-841-5255; Fax: 212-956-8020; Web site: http://www.casacolumbia.org. For full text: http://www.casacolumbia.org/usr_doc/teen_cigarette_smoking_and-marijuana_use.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.