Author(s): Daughton JM, Daughton DM, Patil KD
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Abstract A brief, anonymous survey of 284 high school seniors at one midwestern metropolitan public high school assessed current smoking, history of alcohol use, and students' beliefs in future risk of dependency. A major purpose was to assess students' self-recognition of alcohol and cigarette dependency. Of the seniors surveyed, 92 (32\%) were current smokers, and 237 (84\%) reported a previous history of alcohol use. 52\% of current smokers indicated they were already "hooked" on cigarettes or anticipated a good chance of cigarette addiction five years later. In contrast, 94\% of regular alcohol users indicated there was either no chance (71\%) or only a mild chance (23\%) of ever becoming an alcoholic. Six of every ten high school smokers surveyed reported that quitting cigarettes for three days would be difficult.
This article was published in Percept Mot Skills
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy