Peer pressure to smoke: the meaning depends on the method

Michell, L.; West, P.
March 1996
Health Education Research;Mar1996, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p39
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the impact of peer pressure in relation to smoking behavior amongst preadolescent and adolescent pupils. Adolescents who smoke cause non-smoking peers to take up the habit by employing coercive strategies. Most commonly used strategies are bullying, teasing and rejection from a desired group. In this study, two cohorts of about 35 pupils each were monitored for 20 months. A number of questions on smoking behavior were included in this pilot study. The study revealed that programs to prevent young people from smoking are currently based on unfounded assumptions. According to them, young people lack social skills, are unable to say no to offers of cigarettes and are the passive recipients of coercive pressure to smoke.


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