A present and current issue in Langley, British Columbia is smoking in teens and young adults. Most people start smoking in their teens and are addicted by the time they reach adulthood. To help answer the question, “why do people smoke?” here are a few of the main reasons.

Family attitudes

Siblings, parents, grandparents, Aunts and Uncles may influence. The same sex parent is also the most influential role model to their child, increasing chances of addiction even more.The risk that a person starts smoking is often higher if one or both parents smoke.

Peer Pressure

Mainly high school students influence their peers to try their first cigarette. Young people who play sports are also less likely to smoke. Parties, parks, shopping areas and after school activities or simply abundance of free time all seem to be an environment where kids begin smoking.

Fitting in/ Pop Culture

Social influences, movies, television, advertisements, models, and other forms of media shape young adults views of what is cool, attractive, or grown up. Some people start smoking to embody what s the trend or immitate their heroes.

Personality Traits

Many people who are addicted to smoking have addictive personalities. Specifically, unconventionality, risk-taking, thrill-seeking, and rebelliousness.

Poor Personal skills/social skills

People who are less socially competent, participate in antisocial activites, have low self esteem, are disengaged from school will be more likely to smoke than engaged and confident.

For weight loss

Smokers often worry about their weight, and ironically, smoke to be thinner.


Cigarettes are highly available to young people. The more smokers there are who smoke around children, the more children have an opportunity to handle cigarettes. There is a theory that people start smoking simply because they are around and people have easy access to them.

Using other drugs

People who already smoke marijuana, drink alcohol, or use illicit drugs are more likely to smoke cigarettes than those who do not.

Stress Relief

People smoke because they believe tobacco helps them cope with personal problems or boredom..





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