A survey commissioned by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York City revealed that those who use social networking sites and watch “suggestive” TV shows are five times more likely to report using tobacco. The survey of more than 1,000 teens, aged 12-17, also showed they were more likely to use drugs and alcohol then those with little exposure to the media.
Regular viewers of the “suggestive” TV programs such as “Jersey Shore,” and “16 and Pregnant,” which typically show alcohol and tobacco use by its stars, were twice as likely to be users. The kids using social networking sites can see pictures of what other kids are doing. These images could reinforce the idea that “everyone is doing it.”
Many teens get the wrong idea about smoking; not everyone is doing it. They don’t have the ability to think of the consequences of a lifetime addiction to nicotine. Educating students about health effects of tobacco use is what the Florida Statewide Tobacco Prevention and Intervention Teacher Training Course is all about. Take a look at: