Parental influence on teen smoking by grade in Delaware

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Why This Indicator Matters

Students in 8th and 11th grades who report smoking in the past month were asked about influencing factors.

The health and well-being of adolescents and teenagers in communities nationwide is endangered by alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Common social and environmental risk factors such as poor education, family-related stress and exposure to drugs and drug-abusing peers have been shown to contribute significantly to use of drugs and alcohol. Periods of transition, and the new challenges and environments that often come with these transitional times in young people's lives, are considered especially high risk periods for drug use.

Every young person in danger of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use has different needs, and drug abuse prevention strategies should be targeted to accommodate the specific needs of the individuals involved. Strategies may focus on psychological and emotional support, drug and alcohol education initiatives or comprehensive intervention.
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Data Source: Delaware School Survey, Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware

Footnotes:

“S” = data are suppressed where number of incidences are at or below 30 to limit the disclosure of information about individual respondents and to reduce the number of estimates with unacceptable levels of statistical reliability.

NA= several questions no longer asked beginning in 2019.

Data last updated 02/2020