Final project topic

Final project topic:
Smoking initiation among youth in Baltimore-city
This semester I plan to write about smoking initiation among youth in Baltimore-city.
Adolescent smoking is of particular interest from both a research and a policy perspective because smoking initiation and early smoking habits are known to have important implications for lifetime smoking. According to the current patterns of tobacco use, 24.6% of high school and 7.7% of middle school students in the U.S. have used tobacco products (CDC, 2015). To that point, in the City of Baltimore, an estimated 42% of youth have smoked throughout the course of their life, and approximately 12% are current tobacco users (CDC, 2007).
Several factors may increase youth’s risk of smoking initiation which can lead to additional health problems. This report aims to systematically identify the factors contributing to smoking initiation among youth in Baltimore-city and provide solutions for policy modification.References:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2007). Youth risk behavior surveillance survey smoking attributable mortality, years of potential life lost, and productivity losses—United States, 2000–2004. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2008; 57, 1226–8. Retrieved from website: http://www.cdc.gov.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2011 and 2012. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 64(14), 381-5. Accessed on 8/24/15.

I will be working individually.