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Kids and Smoking

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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____

51% (292) In grade school and I already smoke a pack or more a day
7% (41) In middle school/Jr.High and I smoke a pack or more a day
10% (61) In high school and I smoke a pack or more a day
2% (13) IN grade school and smoke between one half to a pack a day
3% (20) In middle school/Jr.High and smoke between one half to a pack a day
4% (27) In high school and smoke between one half to a pack a day
4% (24) In grade school and regularly smoke between one and ten cigarettes a day
2% (12) In middle school/Jr. High & regularly smoke between one and ten cigarettes a day
6% (36) In High school and smoke between one and ten cigarettes a day
1% (10) I am in grade school and I smoke cigarettes once in a while
1% (11) I am in middle school/Jr.High and I smoke cigarettes once in a while
4% (25) I am in high school and I smoke cigarettes once in a while

572 voters have answered this question.

I am _____ and I inhale

58% (330) grade school
15% (88) middle school
26% (148) high school

566 voters have answered this question.

I began smoking before I was 8 years old

61% (289) Yes, mom and dad gave them to me
9% (43) Yes, mom gave them to me, dad did not know
1% (8) Yes, dad gave them to me, mom did not know
4% (21) Yes, I got them from my brother or sister
1% (9) Yes, I got them from someone else in the family
4% (19) Yes, I got them from a neighbor kid
4% (21) Yes, I got them from someone else
12% (57) I snuck them when noone was looking

467 voters have answered this question.

I began inhaling before I was 8 years old

79% (379) Yes, and I got addicted right after
20% (99) No, I didn't inhale until later

478 voters have answered this question.

If I was smoking before I was eight without mom and dad knowing, they found out because

15% (64) they caught me smoking
3% (15) they smelled smoke on my breath
2% (11) they smelled smoke or found ash in my play area
2% (9) they heard from a neighbor or family friend or relative who saw me.
57% (241) I told them because I needed cigarettes due to my addiction
4% (20) they found out some other way
13% (56) they never found out

416 voters have answered this question.

When mom and/or dad caught me as an under-8-years-old smoker

5% (24) I got a spanking
0% (4) I got timeout
3% (15) I lost privileges
7% (29) I got some other punishment
82% (340) I got no punishment. I was allowed to smoke

412 voters have answered this question.

After my punishment for smoking under age 8,

39% (152) I was allowed to smoke around my parents
47% (182) I was allowed to smoke around other relatives or family friends
7% (29) I had to sneak smokes from someone
5% (21) I quit smoking for a while

384 voters have answered this question.

I began smoking between 8 and 12 years old

71% (209) Yes
28% (82) No

291 voters have answered this question.

I began smoking between 8 and 12 years old

41% (95) Yes, mom started me
6% (14) Yes, my dad started me
0% (1) Yes, my stepmom started me
0% (1) Yes, my stepdad started me
14% (32) Yes, my brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister started me
2% (6) Yes, my cousins started me
16% (38) Yes, my classmates started me
4% (10) Yes, kids at camp started me
0% (1) Yes, some other relative started me
12% (29) Yes, some other nonrelative started me

227 voters have answered this question.

I began inhaling and got addicted between 8 and 12 years old

74% (192) Yes
9% (25) No
15% (41) Yes, I inhaled, but I did not get addicted

258 voters have answered this question.

If mom and dad did not know, they found out when

21% (44) they caught me smoking
4% (9) someone else told them I was smoking
4% (9) I was caught smoking at school
5% (11) I was caught stealing cigarettes form them
0% (1) I was caught stealing cigarettes from a store
0% (1) I was caught stealing cigarettes from someone else
6% (14) They smelled smoke in my breath, clothes or hair
1% (3) They found ashes in my room
3% (8) They found ashes or cigarettes in the ashtray that weren't theirs
4% (9) They found my stash where I had hidden it
28% (59) I told them I smoke
8% (17) They never found out
11% (24) They just knew somehow

209 voters have answered this question.

When mom and dad found out I was smoking between 8-12 years old, I was punished by them

8% (18) Yes with a spanking
12% (27) Yes, I was made to smoke a whole pack in one day
13% (30) Yes, in some other way
65% (141) No, they let me smoke

216 voters have answered this question.

After my punishment between 8 and 12

57% (111) I continued to smoke openly around my family
16% (32) I smoked around relatives and family friends
19% (38) I had to sneak smokes
5% (11) I quit for a while

192 voters have answered this question.

I began smoking as a teenager

76% (147) Yes, and I got addicted quickly
23% (45) Yes, but I did not get addicted

192 voters have answered this question.

My parents know I smoke

25% (75) Yes, though they aren't happy about it
49% (143) Yes, they are pleased by it thought they won't admit it
5% (16) Yes, and they make me feel like a second class citizen
19% (56) No

290 voters have answered this question.

As a teenager I smoke whereever I want, if I'm allowed to

85% (263) Yes
5% (18) No, only around friends and family
8% (25) No, only at home

306 voters have answered this question.

I am in grade school and I have friends my age who smoke with me

21% (87) Yes
65% (269) Yes, I even got some of them started
13% (55) No

411 voters have answered this question.

I am in middle school and I have friends who smoke

38% (70) Yes
41% (75) Yes, and I started some of them
19% (36) No

181 voters have answered this question.

I am in high school and I have friends who smoke

45% (105) Yes
45% (104) Yes, and I started some of them
8% (20) No

229 voters have answered this question.

What is the youngest age parents should let their kids smoke

46% (260) 3
2% (15) 4
5% (28) 5
8% (48) 6
6% (38) 8
1% (10) 9
5% (28) 10
2% (14) 11
6% (37) 12
2% (12) 13
3% (18) 14
1% (9) 15
3% (21) 16
0% (0) 17
2% (16) 18

554 voters have answered this question.

I plan to get my kids started smoking when they are

49% (259) 3
5% (28) 4
9% (52) 6
0% (5) 7
4% (25) 8
2% (12) 9
5% (28) 10
1% (7) 11
4% (26) 12
4% (25) 13
2% (14) 14
1% (9) 15
1% (8) 16
0% (1) 17
4% (26) 18

525 voters have answered this question.

I got my little brother(s) or sister(s) started smoking. The youngest was in

62% (281) preschool
20% (93) grade school
13% (59) middle school
3% (14) high school

447 voters have answered this question.

I was really antismoking before I began smoking

16% (88) Yes
3% (19) Yes, I still am though I smoke
80% (428) No

535 voters have answered this question.

I wish I had never started smoking

2% (15) Yes
12% (66) Sometimes
85% (463) No

544 voters have answered this question.

I worry about the health risks of smoking (most true)

9% (51) Yes, I plan to quit before I get sick
4% (22) Yes, I am already getting winded or showing other signs of smoking illness
10% (56) No, I won't get sick from smoking
53% (280) No, I won't get sick from smoking until I am old anyways
7% (38) No, they'll have cures for smoking related diseases by the time I grow up
14% (75) No, the government made that up because they don't want people to smoke

522 voters have answered this question.

I tried to quit smoking

4% (26) Yes, and did for a few hours
4% (24) Yes, and did for a few days
3% (19) Yes, and did for a few weeks
3% (21) Yes, and did for a long time
83% (449) No

539 voters have answered this question.

If you quit why did you start again

14% (49) I just kept getting cravings
6% (23) I got bored of not smoking
69% (241) I enjoy feeling smoke fill my lungs too much
4% (16) Friends or other people began egging me to start smoking again
4% (16) Some other reason

345 voters have answered this question.

My parents smoke

71% (387) Yes, both of them
15% (86) Yes, one of them
12% (65) Neither of them

538 voters have answered this question.

The best cigarette is the

23% (130) first one in the morning
2% (13) the one after dinner
9% (54) the one after school
60% (330) every cigarette I have
3% (20) one that's not on the list

547 voters have answered this question.

What do I like about smoking

83% (454) satisfying my craving
68% (373) the way it makes me look grown-up
67% (365) holding it and watching the smoke swirl around
18% (100) the way it makes me look like a bassass
65% (357) sharing and talking about smoking with friends
18% (100) the way it makes me smell cool
13% (72) doing it in secret, behind people's back

542 voters have answered this question.

Aside from health risks what do I dislike about smoking

2% (7) the way it ruins the taste of food
5% (17) it's very hard to put up with when I have a cold
13% (39) the cravings make it hard for me to concentrate in school, during a movie, etc
2% (6) it has ruined my chance to play school sports
2% (8) it has turned some kids against me
7% (22) it makes me smell bad
11% (34) people think I am bad when I am not
30% (89) they are expensive, and I can't buy them legally
10% (30) the way I have to sneak around to smoke
12% (37) another reason

289 voters have answered this question.

Cigarette ads had an influence on my starting to smoke

56% (299) Yes, I liked the way they made smoking look like fun
2% (14) Yeah, sure, if Joe Camel told me to jump off a cliff I would do it
40% (212) Absolutely not

525 voters have answered this question.

If I could do it over again

3% (18) I would never have picked up that first cigarette
3% (21) I would have started smoking at an older age
72% (387) I would have started smoking at a younger age
20% (111) I would have started smoking the same way

537 voters have answered this question.

If a kid a couple years younger than me asked me to teach him or her to smoke,

8% (43) I would advise against smoking and tell why it wouldn't be smart
6% (35) I would tell him not to bug me
85% (457) I would give him a smoke and begin teaching him

535 voters have answered this question.

I plan to quit smoking someday

13% (72) Yes, before I suffer health problems
7% (38) Yes, when I begin suffering health problems
79% (426) No, I will never quit smoking

536 voters have answered this question.

Cigarette breaks should be allowed in school

94% (513) Yes
5% (29) No

542 voters have answered this question.

How do you deal with school cravings

51% (273) by sneaking smokes on school grounds
13% (72) smoking during lunch breaks
5% (27) I am homeschooled, haha
4% (24) nicotine gum or patches
9% (48) one of the teachers let me smoke in his/her office
5% (29) I found another solution that worked for me
11% (60) I suffer through through the day

533 voters have answered this question.

I smoked in grade school,

20% (89) and mom or dad would drive to school to let me have a smoke in their car during
2% (11) I had to use nicotine gum or the patch
46% (206) I sneaked out of school and smoked
7% (35) I found a place to smoke in school
5% (26) One of the teachers let me smoke in her office
3% (15) my school permits kids to smoke
2% (13) I am homeschooled, haha
3% (16) I have another solution that works for me
7% (32) I suffered through the school day

443 voters have answered this question.

I began smoking_____and I'm glad I smoke

48% (257) in preschool
25% (136) in grade school
15% (82) in middle school/Jr. High
9% (50) in high school

525 voters have answered this question.

I began smoking _____and I wish I had never started

33% (37) in preschool
27% (30) in grade school
16% (18) in middle school/Jr. high
22% (25) in high school

110 voters have answered this question.

I smoke cigars too

57% (92) I like the big ones, which I inhale
10% (16) I like the big ones, which I do not inhale
23% (38) I like the little ones, which I inhale
8% (14) I like the little ones, which I do not inhale

160 voters have answered this question.

I smoke a pipe too

82% (88) Yes, and I inhale
17% (19) Yes, but I don't inhale

107 voters have answered this question.

I use spit tobacco too

30% (26) Yes, snuff
20% (17) Yes, chewing tobacco
48% (41) Yes, snuff and chew

84 voters have answered this question.

I don't smoke cigarettes but I do smoke cigars

45% (15) Yes, since I was at least in grade school
15% (5) Yes, since I was at least in middle school
39% (13) Yes, since I was in high school

33 voters have answered this question.

I don't smoke cigarettes but I do smoke a pipe

59% (19) Yes, at least since grade school
3% (1) Yes, at least since middle school
37% (12) Yes, since high school

32 voters have answered this question.

I don't smoke cigarettes but I do dip snuff or chew tobacco

51% (17) Yes, at least since grade school
6% (2) Yes, at least since middle school
42% (14) Yes, at since high school

33 voters have answered this question.

When I use spit tobacco I can swallow the spit without getting sick

63% (50) Yes
36% (29) No

79 voters have answered this question.

Smoking makes me look more mature

89% (431) Yes, and people treat me as though I am older than I am too
10% (48) No, I look and get treated like a little kid who smokes

479 voters have answered this question.

I began smoking because

3% (21) I was encourage to by older kids
58% (308) I was encouraged to by my parents
0% (4) I wanted to be like movie stars, rock stars, etcetc
4% (25) I was encouraged to by brothers or sisters
3% (18) I was encouraged to by classmates
12% (66) I thought it looked cool
3% (16) I thought it would make me look more grown-up
0% (2) ads in magazines
12% (66) other reason

526 voters have answered this question.

I smoke weed too

12% (58) Yes, a lot
14% (68) Yes, once in a while
8% (40) No, but I want to try it
65% (309) No, I will never smoke it

475 voters have answered this question.

I have visited prosmoker message boards for teen smokers and preteen smokers

59% (292) Yes, all the time
18% (92) Yes, a few times
22% (110) No

494 voters have answered this question.

When my parents found out I smoked as a teenager they

20% (86) said I was old enough to smoke
2% (10) spanked me
7% (30) punished me some other way
8% (34) argued and insulted me but in the end let me smoke
61% (254) were happy I began smoking

414 voters have answered this question.

My parents are glad I smoke

13% (66) Yes, but they don't show it
70% (343) Yes, and they are very open about it
6% (34) No, they are trying to get me to quit
9% (44) No, they just bug me about it

487 voters have answered this question.

I get my cigarettes (all that apply, for the present time)

8% (43) by stealing them from a store
11% (61) by stealing them from mom and dad
8% (45) by stealing them from another adult or another kid
55% (290) I pay mom and dad to buy them
9% (49) I pay a brother or sister to buy them for me
5% (27) I pay another relative to but them for me
13% (71) I pay a friend to buy them for me
8% (42) I pay strangers to buy them for me outside stores
5% (29) I buy them from neighbors or other adult friends
21% (111) I bum cigarettes from mom and dad
11% (62) I bum cigarettes from my brothers or sisters
9% (50) I bum cigarettes from other relatives
17% (90) I bum cigarettes from friends
7% (41) I bum cigarettes from neighbors or adult friends
9% (50) I bum cigarettes from strangers
21% (112) I buy them at a store that sells them to kids
4% (26) I buy them from someone who smuggles them
16% (89) I get them some other way

524 voters have answered this question.

How do you get the money for cigarettes. If not money how else do you get them (main source)

3% (17) I don't buy them I steal them
6% (33) I have a paper route or other good job
5% (30) I get a very generous allowance
4% (25) Mom or dad buy them for me if I pay them or do extra chores
63% (330) Mom or dad buy them for me without expecting me to pay them
1% (10) I do favors for adults other than my parents
3% (17) I do things that are illegal to earn the smokes
1% (8) I bum my cigarettes
0% (5) Other kids give them to me without expecting money or favors
0% (2) I do favors for other kids
0% (2) Other adults give them to me without expecting favors or money
7% (37) Some way not listed

516 voters have answered this question.

However you get them, who supplies most of your cigarettes

77% (403) parents
4% (22) brothers and sisters
0% (1) other relatives
8% (42) friends
7% (37) stores
1% (9) strangers on the street
0% (5) gangsters or smugglers

519 voters have answered this question.

Knowing they can harm me makes cigarettes more attractive, exciting

80% (410) Yes
19% (101) No

511 voters have answered this question.

I skateboard, jetski, snowboard, ride ATVs, etc. while smoking

67% (340) yes
32% (161) no

501 voters have answered this question.

Other than punishment have you parents ever tried to get you to quit

7% (35) Yes, they keep nagging me
0% (4) Yes, they sent me to a shrink
0% (2) Yes, they got the law involved
0% (3) Yes, they caused trouble with my friends
3% (18) Yes, they did other things
87% (430) No

492 voters have answered this question.

Have you ever smoked while being grounded

78% (387) yes, my parents know it
10% (54) yes, my parents don't know it
10% (54) no

495 voters have answered this question.

I began smoking

20% (109) during spring
29% (156) during summer
7% (40) duing fall
41% (217) during winter

522 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2001-09-01 02:17:18 by wayfarer
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