Jessica Miller | November 12, 2012
It may only be a game to most inhabitants, but to Rockhampton’s Emily Christie it could be the first stage of a lifelong battle with a smoking addiction. The University of Sydney has discovered that apps featuring pro-smoking content have earned more than 11 million smokers worldwide, with a majority of them believed to be kids. There are a number of pro-smoking apps available, all of them simulating the burning of a cig. Some have even made a game out of the speed the user can “roll” and smoke the cigarette. Emily, who is a CQUniversity student, argued that she believed these apps sent the wrong message to all kids.
Jessica Miller | October 3, 2012
A new research finds that young adults are not only smoking cigarettes but also use more than one smoking product, like cigars and hookah. The study, published in the May issue of the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, comes from Legacy, a national public health organization dedicated to reduce tobacco use in the United States. The investigation looked at smoking habit among young adults, and included an examination of those using cigs plus another tobacco product.
Jessica Miller | October 1, 2012
Today, even though there’s a lot of of smoke-free warnings, 18.7 per cent of teenagers in the 12th grade smoke cigs 11.8 per cent of 10th graders smoke and 6.1 per cent of 8th graders smoke also. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Monitoring the Future research these numbers are historically low but getting hooked on nicotine is never a good idea. Teenagers smoke tobacco products because of the “cool factor” and their peers probably smoke too. Some might argue that it relaxes them but that’s not what study shows. The reality is cigarette is a drug.
Jessica Miller | September 7, 2012
Smoking cigs can make teenagers appear popular among their peers and earn them the status of being a real friend in spite of the decades of anti-tobacco efforts directed at youth, according to a new investigation. Scientists at the University of California and University of Texas investigated approximately 2,000 high school students, in the 9th and 10th grades, at seven predominately Hispanic high schools in the Los Angeles area, in the fall of 2006 and 2007. Participants were asked to name their five best friends at their school. Then, they were asked if their friends smoking cigarettes. The researchers discovered that the students rated most popular were more likely to smoke tobacco products than their friends.
Jessica Miller | August 7, 2012
A recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests that youngsters between the ages of 12 and 17 are more probable to start using drugs, alcohol and cigs especially during the summer period than other seasons of the year. Rod Pruitt, Safe and Effective Schools Special Services specialist for the Region 14 Education Service Center, declared that June is “signified to be the month that marijuana is used more than any other month in the year.”