Navigation Links
Tobacco use more prevalent among African-American adolescents living in public housing communities
Date:7/10/2012

COLUMBIA, Mo. Today, nearly 4,000 adolescents in the United States will smoke their first cigarette, and about a fourth of those youth will become daily smokers, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports. A recent study by a University of Missouri researcher found that African-American youths who live in public housing communities are 2.3 times more likely to use tobacco than other African-American youths.

"Compared to their same-aged peers, youth living in public housing were more likely to use tobacco and have positive attitudes about using tobacco," said Mansoo Yu, an assistant professor of social work and public health. "As previous research suggests, early use of tobacco increases individuals' chances of using more serious drugs later. In addition, early drug use is related to other serious problems, such as delinquent behaviors and family and social problems."

Yu and his colleagues surveyed 518 urban African-American youths ranging from ages 11 to 20 who resided in public housing communities in three large U.S. cities. The survey measured adolescents' attitudes toward tobacco use, depressive symptoms and delinquent behaviors.

Youths living in public housing might be more likely to be fearful, live around crime problems, have poorer social relationships and have higher levels of psychological strain. These factors could contribute to the increased rates of tobacco use, Yu said.

"Smoking cessation programs for young African Americans living in public housing communities should focus on reversing their positive attitudes toward tobacco use," Yu said. "In addition, programs should help address the youths' depressive symptoms and keep them from getting involved in delinquent behaviors."

Additionally, Yu said tobacco prevention programs should target young children in public housing communities.

"Early interventions are critical for these individuals since the likelihood of being exposed to risky behaviors dramatically increases as the children age," Yu said. "In public housing communities, adolescents may have easier access to drugs and social activities where drugs are used."


'/>"/>
Contact: Jesslyn Chew
ChewJ@missouri.edu
573-882-8353
University of Missouri-Columbia
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Anti-tobacco TV ads help adults stop smoking, study finds
2. Genetic variants, tobacco exposure and lung cancer risk
3. Apartment dwellers often subjected to neighbors tobacco smoke
4. Study says children exposed to tobacco smoke face long-term respiratory problems
5. 5 percent of workers gave up smoking when the anti-tobacco law took effect
6. States Use Only Fraction of Tobacco Revenues to Fight Smoking, Study Finds
7. After 25 years, World No Tobacco Day is making an impact
8. IU gastroenterologist develops practice guidelines for most prevalent liver disease
9. Why is traumatic brain injury increasing among the elderly?
10. Overuse Injuries Common Among Female College Athletes
11. Predictors identified for rehospitalization among post-acute stroke patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Tobacco use more prevalent among African-American adolescents living in public housing communities
(Date:5/22/2017)... , ... May 22, 2017 , ... “Homeostasis: The Journey ... learning to live with Bipolar 1. Donald Rodriguez takes readers on a rollercoaster ride ... in the dead of winter and to a dark place where Donald considers suicide. ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... , ... May 19, 2017 , ... Chris Cornell, 52, was found dead on the ... one of the most respected lead singers in the rock industry would take his own ... mental illness. FindaTopDoc investigates how mental illness played a role in the death of ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... 21, 2017 , ... For the past 10 years, the ... policymakers, and activists wanting to address equity issues in breastfeeding, and move the ... from a recent series of from this conference. , The opening two ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... ... May 19, 2017 , ... In a continuous effort to raise awareness of ... mattress company that specializes in natural and organic latex mattresses, has announced that they ... every unique share their recent viral Facebook video receives, up to $10,000.00. ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... ... May 19, 2017 , ... The Hill Agencies, a ... and entrepreneurs throughout the California Central Valley, is announcing a joint charity initiative with ... support for a local kid’s camp event. , The Boys and Girls Club of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/8/2017)... 2017  Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO)., has completed ... a health care service center company based in ... in relationship management programs for leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and ... WRB will join Envoy Health Management, LLC ... manufacturers, biotech firms, and other service companies. Together, WRB ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... SKANEATELES FALLS, N.Y. , May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... expansion that will add approximately 100,000 square feet to ... announced in September 2016 its commitment to bring more ... York , where Welch Allyn has maintained a ... facility will help accommodate these new positions, a large ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... Clarius Mobile Health, a digital healthcare ... this week at the American Congress of Obstetricians ... San Diego, CA from May ... perfect tool for clinicians to easily confirm pregnancy, ... pregnancy-related complications like ectopic pregnancy and placenta previa," ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: