Tips for Parents
Smoking Among College Students
Held annually on the third Thursday of November, the Great American Smokeout takes place on Nov. 18 this year. Consider sharing some of these telling statistics with your student in honor of this important day:
Some students begin using tobacco in college and most want to quit before they graduate. Unfortunately, it's not that easy.
Passive Smoking on the Increase
During a 2009 study, researchers surveyed more than 4,000 undergraduates, with 83% of them reporting having been exposed to secondhand smoke at least once in the last seven days (www.medindia.net). Students reported that most of the secondhand smoke exposure took place in a restaurant or bar, followed by in their home or in the same room. Daily and occasional smokers were more likely than nonsmokers to report exposure, as were binge drinkers. The researchers also found that students living in Greek houses or off-campus housing, attending a public school versus a private school, and those who are female or of white race appeared to be associated with increased exposure.
Sharing this information can be a real eye opener for your student — and his peers.
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