Navigation Links
Underage youth get cigarettes and alcohol from friends and family, survey shows

September 24, 2013 - A survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows that a majority of those underage students in Ontario, Canada who smoke or drink are getting cigarettes and alcohol from a friend or family member.

Among students in Grades 7-12 who smoked cigarettes, 58 per cent say they received their last cigarette from a friend or family member, while 19 per cent report getting them from a corner store, grocery store, gas station, or bar.

Twenty-six per cent of males surveyed said they were more likely to obtain cigarettes from sources such as corner stores, grocery stores and gas stations compared to 10 per cent of females. Seventy-three per cent of females report getting their last cigarette from a friend or family member compared to 46 per cent of males.

Among students who consumed alcohol, 39 per cent reported that "someone gave it to me," while 28 per cent say they gave money to someone to buy it for them. Only 4 per cent reported obtaining alcohol from a liquor store, and 2 per cent reported obtaining alcohol from a beer store.

Students in urban areas were more likely than students in rural areas to report that someone gave them alcohol (40 per cent vs. 35 per cent, respectively). Thirty-three per cent of students in rural areas say they gave someone money to buy alcohol for them, compared to 27 per cent of students who live in urban/suburban areas.

Older students were much more likely than younger students to report that they got their alcohol by giving someone else money to buy it 32 per cent vs. 2 per cent. Younger students were more likely than older students to report that "someone gave it to me" 53 per cent vs. 37 per cent.

"Despite efforts to curb youth smoking and prevent youth alcohol use, the survey tells us that youth are still able to easily access these substances, often from the very people who should be looking out for their well-being," said Dr. Robert Mann, CAMH Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator on the survey. "It is also very clear that young people find it much easier to obtain cigarettes from corner stores than to obtain alcohol from liquor or beer stores. If we begin selling alcohol in corner stores, we can expect a large increase in underage drinking."

The data in this report are taken from CAMH's Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), an Ontario-wide survey of students in grades 7 through 12 which has been conducted every two years since 1977. The survey was completed by 9,288 students from 40 public and catholic school boards across Ontario.


Contact: Michael Torres
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Related medicine news :

1. Effective regulation of alcohol brand placements in movies could limit underage drinking
2. New Campaign to Help Parents Talk to Younger Children About the Dangers of Underage Drinking
3. Underage youth drinking concentrated among small number of brands
4. Non 12 Step Addiction Rehab Pioneer Dr. A.R. Mohammad of Inspire Malibu Announces Campaign to Raise Awareness about Underage Drinking
5. Underage Drinkers Can Easily Order Alcohol From the Internet
6. School of Public Health Receives $390,000 Grant to Study Alcohol Use Among Youth Acquiring HIV
7. School of Public Health receives $390,000 grant to study alcohol use among youth acquiring HIV
8. Athletico Joins Forces to Combat Youth Hockey Concussions for Third Year
9. Mexico City School Safety Police Reach Out to Youth with The Truth About Drugs
10. Creating Compassionate Schools and Communities; Those Out On the Front-lines Working With Youth to Stop Bullying Are Meeting in Nashville to Make a Difference
11. Healthier, More Youthful Skin in Three Weeks From Sublime Beauty
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Inevitably when people think Thanksgiving, they also think ... during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday massage chair sales to receive ... high and low to find the best massage chair deals, they can see all ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Somu Sivaramakrishnan announced today that he joined ... offers travelers, value and care based Travel Services, including exclusive pricing on a ... cabin upgrades and special amenities such as, shore excursions, discounted fares, travel gifts ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... NE (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 , ... Jobs ... searched by healthcare professionals and offered by healthcare staffing agency Aureus Medical Group ... during the month of October 2015 among those searching for healthcare jobs through the ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... WorldCare International, Inc., the first ... annual Employee Benefits Conference. The Employee Benefits Conference was hosted by the International ... November 11th, 2015. The conference was held at the Hawaii Convention Center in ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... for mental health and wellness consultation, has collaborated with Women’s Web – ... their reader’s queries on topics on mental and emotional well-being relationship, life ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... 26 november 2015 AAIPharma Services ... geplande investering aan van ten minste $15,8 ... en het mondiale hoofdkantoor in ... resulteren in extra kantoorruimte en extra capaciteit ... groeiende behoeften van de farmaceutische en biotechnologische ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) has announced ... Outlook to 2019 - Rise in Cardiac Disorders and Growing ... to their offering. Boston ... scientific and others. --> The market ... Boston scientific and others. ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... DUBLIN , November 26, 2015 ... has announced the addition of the  ... in the Global Cell Surface Testing ... Opportunities" report to their offering.  ... the addition of the  "2016 Future ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: