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Kids and Smoking

To find out why kids smoke cigarettes. What do they like about tobacco, what do they dislike. Please do not respond to this poll if you are over 18. Please be honest
I am____
In grade school and I already smoke a pack or more a day
In middle school/Jr.High and I smoke a pack or more a day
In high school and I smoke a pack or more a day
IN grade school and smoke between one half to a pack a day
In middle school/Jr.High and smoke between one half to a pack a day
In high school and smoke between one half to a pack a day
In grade school and regularly smoke between one and ten cigarettes a day
In middle school/Jr. High & regularly smoke between one and ten cigarettes a day
In High school and smoke between one and ten cigarettes a day
I am in grade school and I smoke cigarettes once in a while
I am in middle school/Jr.High and I smoke cigarettes once in a while
I am in high school and I smoke cigarettes once in a while
I am _____ and I inhale
grade school
middle school
high school
I began smoking before I was 8 years old
Yes, mom and dad gave them to me
Yes, mom gave them to me, dad did not know
Yes, dad gave them to me, mom did not know
Yes, I got them from my brother or sister
Yes, I got them from someone else in the family
Yes, I got them from a neighbor kid
Yes, I got them from someone else
I snuck them when noone was looking
I began inhaling before I was 8 years old
Yes, and I got addicted right after
No, I didn't inhale until later
If I was smoking before I was eight without mom and dad knowing, they found out because
they caught me smoking
they smelled smoke on my breath
they smelled smoke or found ash in my play area
they heard from a neighbor or family friend or relative who saw me.
I told them because I needed cigarettes due to my addiction
they found out some other way
they never found out
When mom and/or dad caught me as an under-8-years-old smoker
I got a spanking
I got timeout
I lost privileges
I got some other punishment
I got no punishment. I was allowed to smoke
After my punishment for smoking under age 8,
I was allowed to smoke around my parents
I was allowed to smoke around other relatives or family friends
I had to sneak smokes from someone
I quit smoking for a while
I began smoking between 8 and 12 years old
Yes
No
I began smoking between 8 and 12 years old
Yes, mom started me
Yes, my dad started me
Yes, my stepmom started me
Yes, my stepdad started me
Yes, my brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister started me
Yes, my cousins started me
Yes, my classmates started me
Yes, kids at camp started me
Yes, some other relative started me
Yes, some other nonrelative started me
I began inhaling and got addicted between 8 and 12 years old
Yes
No
Yes, I inhaled, but I did not get addicted
If mom and dad did not know, they found out when
they caught me smoking
someone else told them I was smoking
I was caught smoking at school
I was caught stealing cigarettes form them
I was caught stealing cigarettes from a store
I was caught stealing cigarettes from someone else
They smelled smoke in my breath, clothes or hair
They found ashes in my room
They found ashes or cigarettes in the ashtray that weren't theirs
They found my stash where I had hidden it
I told them I smoke
They never found out
They just knew somehow
When mom and dad found out I was smoking between 8-12 years old, I was punished by them
Yes with a spanking
Yes, I was made to smoke a whole pack in one day
Yes, in some other way
No, they let me smoke
After my punishment between 8 and 12
I continued to smoke openly around my family
I smoked around relatives and family friends
I had to sneak smokes
I quit for a while
I began smoking as a teenager
Yes, and I got addicted quickly
Yes, but I did not get addicted
My parents know I smoke
Yes, though they aren't happy about it
Yes, they are pleased by it thought they won't admit it
Yes, and they make me feel like a second class citizen
No
As a teenager I smoke whereever I want, if I'm allowed to
Yes
No, only around friends and family
No, only at home
I am in grade school and I have friends my age who smoke with me
Yes
Yes, I even got some of them started
No
I am in middle school and I have friends who smoke
Yes
Yes, and I started some of them
No
I am in high school and I have friends who smoke
Yes
Yes, and I started some of them
No
What is the youngest age parents should let their kids smoke
3
4
5
6
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
I plan to get my kids started smoking when they are
3
4
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
I got my little brother(s) or sister(s) started smoking. The youngest was in
preschool
grade school
middle school
high school
I was really antismoking before I began smoking
Yes
Yes, I still am though I smoke
No
I wish I had never started smoking
Yes
Sometimes
No
I worry about the health risks of smoking (most true)
Yes, I plan to quit before I get sick
Yes, I am already getting winded or showing other signs of smoking illness
No, I won't get sick from smoking
No, I won't get sick from smoking until I am old anyways
No, they'll have cures for smoking related diseases by the time I grow up
No, the government made that up because they don't want people to smoke
I tried to quit smoking
Yes, and did for a few hours
Yes, and did for a few days
Yes, and did for a few weeks
Yes, and did for a long time
No
If you quit why did you start again
I just kept getting cravings
I got bored of not smoking
I enjoy feeling smoke fill my lungs too much
Friends or other people began egging me to start smoking again
Some other reason
My parents smoke
Yes, both of them
Yes, one of them
Neither of them
The best cigarette is the
first one in the morning
the one after dinner
the one after school
every cigarette I have
one that's not on the list
What do I like about smoking
satisfying my craving
the way it makes me look grown-up
holding it and watching the smoke swirl around
the way it makes me look like a bassass
sharing and talking about smoking with friends
the way it makes me smell cool
doing it in secret, behind people's back
Aside from health risks what do I dislike about smoking
the way it ruins the taste of food
it's very hard to put up with when I have a cold
the cravings make it hard for me to concentrate in school, during a movie, etc
it has ruined my chance to play school sports
it has turned some kids against me
it makes me smell bad
people think I am bad when I am not
they are expensive, and I can't buy them legally
the way I have to sneak around to smoke
another reason
Cigarette ads had an influence on my starting to smoke
Yes, I liked the way they made smoking look like fun
Yeah, sure, if Joe Camel told me to jump off a cliff I would do it
Absolutely not
If I could do it over again
I would never have picked up that first cigarette
I would have started smoking at an older age
I would have started smoking at a younger age
I would have started smoking the same way
If a kid a couple years younger than me asked me to teach him or her to smoke,
I would advise against smoking and tell why it wouldn't be smart
I would tell him not to bug me
I would give him a smoke and begin teaching him
I plan to quit smoking someday
Yes, before I suffer health problems
Yes, when I begin suffering health problems
No, I will never quit smoking
Cigarette breaks should be allowed in school
Yes
No
How do you deal with school cravings
by sneaking smokes on school grounds
smoking during lunch breaks
I am homeschooled, haha
nicotine gum or patches
one of the teachers let me smoke in his/her office
I found another solution that worked for me
I suffer through through the day
I smoked in grade school,
and mom or dad would drive to school to let me have a smoke in their car during
I had to use nicotine gum or the patch
I sneaked out of school and smoked
I found a place to smoke in school
One of the teachers let me smoke in her office
my school permits kids to smoke
I am homeschooled, haha
I have another solution that works for me
I suffered through the school day
I began smoking_____and I'm glad I smoke
in preschool
in grade school
in middle school/Jr. High
in high school
I began smoking _____and I wish I had never started
in preschool
in grade school
in middle school/Jr. high
in high school
I smoke cigars too
I like the big ones, which I inhale
I like the big ones, which I do not inhale
I like the little ones, which I inhale
I like the little ones, which I do not inhale
I smoke a pipe too
Yes, and I inhale
Yes, but I don't inhale
I use spit tobacco too
Yes, snuff
Yes, chewing tobacco
Yes, snuff and chew
I don't smoke cigarettes but I do smoke cigars
Yes, since I was at least in grade school
Yes, since I was at least in middle school
Yes, since I was in high school
I don't smoke cigarettes but I do smoke a pipe
Yes, at least since grade school
Yes, at least since middle school
Yes, since high school
I don't smoke cigarettes but I do dip snuff or chew tobacco
Yes, at least since grade school
Yes, at least since middle school
Yes, at since high school
When I use spit tobacco I can swallow the spit without getting sick
Yes
No
Smoking makes me look more mature
Yes, and people treat me as though I am older than I am too
No, I look and get treated like a little kid who smokes
I began smoking because
I was encourage to by older kids
I was encouraged to by my parents
I wanted to be like movie stars, rock stars, etcetc
I was encouraged to by brothers or sisters
I was encouraged to by classmates
I thought it looked cool
I thought it would make me look more grown-up
ads in magazines
other reason
I smoke weed too
Yes, a lot
Yes, once in a while
No, but I want to try it
No, I will never smoke it
I have visited prosmoker message boards for teen smokers and preteen smokers
Yes, all the time
Yes, a few times
No
When my parents found out I smoked as a teenager they
said I was old enough to smoke
spanked me
punished me some other way
argued and insulted me but in the end let me smoke
were happy I began smoking
My parents are glad I smoke
Yes, but they don't show it
Yes, and they are very open about it
No, they are trying to get me to quit
No, they just bug me about it
I get my cigarettes (all that apply, for the present time)
by stealing them from a store
by stealing them from mom and dad
by stealing them from another adult or another kid
I pay mom and dad to buy them
I pay a brother or sister to buy them for me
I pay another relative to but them for me
I pay a friend to buy them for me
I pay strangers to buy them for me outside stores
I buy them from neighbors or other adult friends
I bum cigarettes from mom and dad
I bum cigarettes from my brothers or sisters
I bum cigarettes from other relatives
I bum cigarettes from friends
I bum cigarettes from neighbors or adult friends
I bum cigarettes from strangers
I buy them at a store that sells them to kids
I buy them from someone who smuggles them
I get them some other way
How do you get the money for cigarettes. If not money how else do you get them (main source)
I don't buy them I steal them
I have a paper route or other good job
I get a very generous allowance
Mom or dad buy them for me if I pay them or do extra chores
Mom or dad buy them for me without expecting me to pay them
I do favors for adults other than my parents
I do things that are illegal to earn the smokes
I bum my cigarettes
Other kids give them to me without expecting money or favors
I do favors for other kids
Other adults give them to me without expecting favors or money
Some way not listed
However you get them, who supplies most of your cigarettes
parents
brothers and sisters
other relatives
friends
stores
strangers on the street
gangsters or smugglers
Knowing they can harm me makes cigarettes more attractive, exciting
Yes
No
I skateboard, jetski, snowboard, ride ATVs, etc. while smoking
yes
no
Other than punishment have you parents ever tried to get you to quit
Yes, they keep nagging me
Yes, they sent me to a shrink
Yes, they got the law involved
Yes, they caused trouble with my friends
Yes, they did other things
No
Have you ever smoked while being grounded
yes, my parents know it
yes, my parents don't know it
no
I began smoking
during spring
during summer
duing fall
during winter
This poll was created on 2001-09-01 02:17:18 by wayfarer