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Teenagers Smoking Essay, Research Paper Teenagers Smoking Introduction Smoking is a very important issue in the world and among teenagers. There is research that shows that immigrants to the US smoke even more than US citizens (Public Health Service, 1991). Since we at Galileo are all teenagers and mostly immigrants, we would like to do research on smoking in China, the U.S and among immigrants. We did a lot of research in books, magazines and the Internet, and then made a survey to see if smoking at Galileo H.S (a high school in SF) matches what the other research says. Smoking in China China is the most populous country in the world, with 1.2 billion citizens. Smoking is very common in China; over 350 million people are smoking. People can smoke everywhere: in school,

theaters, department stores, museums and stadiums, and on public transportation and all domestic flights. In China, the numbers of cigarettes smoked daily has increased from 11 percent to 16 percent for men and from 9 percent to 10 percent for women since 1984 (Hammond, Ross 1988). The teen smokers in China are less than the teen smokers in U.S. In 1997 smoking in China was very high, but the death rate was low, because the Chinese people hadn t started smoked long enough yet. ShangHai province is where the most people smoke. Results from the 1996 China National Prevalence Study document that both men and women now initiate smoking 3 years earlier compared with data from 1984 with men starting at an average age of 20 years and women at 25 years (Hammond, Ross 1997) China is the

biggest selling market for cigarettes. For example, one in three cigarettes smoked in the world today are smoked in China, and the Chinese consume were four times as many cigarettes as the next largest consumer, the United States of America. From 1985 to 1992, cigarette consumption per adult dropped by 13% in highly developed countries, but at the same time increased by 20% in China. For every one less cigarette smoked in more developed countries, three more cigarettes were smoked in China (Health Communications and Public Relations, 1997). From a 1996 national survey, 63% of Chinese men smoked, and only 4% of Chinese women smoked (Hammond, Ross 1998). This compares to 61% of male and 7% of female smokers in 1984, the men smokers have increased and women smokers have decreased.

In 1984, men smoked on average 13 cigarettes a day. By 1996, this figure increased to 15 cigarettes a day (Karlsson, Ciara, 1997). Smoking in US: Adults There are many smokers in the US, a lot of them die from different diseases related to smoking every year. The percentages are different for different kinds of smokers. In 1995, there are more than 1.851 million American daily smokers, of which an estimated 1.226 million (66.2%) are under the age of 18 years old, and 15 percent of current smokers were between 25 and 34 years of age (Health Communications and Public Relations, 1997). In this century, the current smokers rate was 38.9 percent, the former smokers rate was 11.1 percent, the never smoked rate was 50 percent, and the quit ratio for the smokers was 22.2 percent (CDC,

1998). The ratio of men to women smokers is very close: 42.5 percent of men smoke, compared to 36.8 percent of women (CDC, 1998). The smoking rate is highest among those with less than a high school education adult. The smokers can lose their jobs, because smoking has make them unhealthy; millions of working days are lost each year because of the caused by smoking-related disease. Smoking in US: Teenagers The smoking rate is very high in the US, and the teen smoker s problems are a very important part. For example, over 3,000 people under the age of 18 years become daily smokers every day and more than 6,000 people under the age of 18 years old try their first cigarette each day (Tobacco information and prevention source, 1998-99). Sixty percent of smokers started smoking when