A Study of the Smoking Habits of Overseas Returnee Students : Smoking Awareness and Factors Related to Acquiring the Smoking Habit
Overseas Returnee Students, Actual Condition and Awareness of Smoking, Quantification theoryII, Anti-Smoking Education
1) Among returnees 25.1% of male students and 7.3% of female students have smoked more than one or two cigarettes. Compared to schools in Japan, the rates are slightly higher for female returnees, and for students in general from Japanese overseas schools.
2) Smoking often begins in the ninth or tenth grade out of curiosity and peer pressure. Smoking habits are acquired within a short time span.
3) Acquisition of the smoking habit is correlated to and strongly influenced by the smoking habits of friends, teachers, and particularly family members.
4) Correlated to smoking are drinking of alcoholic beverages, staying up late at night, driving into dangerous neighborhoods and other problematic behavior patterns.
5) Anti-smoking education is effective among groups of non-smokers.
6) Anti-smoking education is most effective in the early grades before students actually experience smoking. However, depending on the curriculum it can be effective even among smokers in highschool as well.