Parents and smoking





Part One
The research question I have chosen to study is: If a parent smokes does that increase the likeliness of a child to pick up the habit? In my hypothesis I believe that the presence of a parent who smokes in the family will not inspire the child to pick up the habit as well. The research design I chose to use in my research was the quasi-experimental with interrupted time series.
I think this is a very important topic to talk about considering all the attention tobacco companies have been receiving. This information is very valuable to a lot of groups and individual and many of these reports have had big impacts on our culture. For instance, the anti-tobacco group TRUTH has led a hug campaign against these multimillionaires. In the same respects the companies have lost their right to advertise pretty much. Both sides would really use these researching to further support their points to better achieve supporters. One side wants to show that no matter where they advertise or what they advertise with has nothing to with whether a child picks up a cigarette. ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) would strongly disagree and showed the negativity how strong influences from sports figures play an important part in whether a child will pick up a cigarette, and they have sufficient ligature to prove it. National statistics study showed that children are three times as likely to smoke if both of their parents smoke. Yet, Philip-Morris Companies can take that same study and use it against them showing how parent’s approval or disapproval played a significant factor in whether the children would smoke, not if the parent does or doesn’t smoke. Caring for Kids and many other individuals would be highly interested in findings and in my research I hope to be able to show a valid and reliable source of information to clear the situation on smoking.
As I stated in my hypothesis I believe that a parent does not play a role in whether or not a child will smoke. I think this because I feel the child’s age plays a bigger role then the parents and other key factors as well. But I do think that one of the key factors that plays a big role in whether a parent allows it or goes against it.
The dependent variable is if the child pursues smoking, and the independent as the parent already smokes.
In part two, I hope to show that there is no correlation to whether a parent smokes has nothing to with is more so then the age of the child does. A study done by Bauman would disagree with my standings and I hope use my own findings to prove that the age of the child plays a greater factor. For instance in his findings he showed that children at the age of 12-14 were twice as likely to smoke but even contradicts himself in the report when parents who had once smoke were three times more likely to smoke. In that case u have a household that is not smoking anymore but has a higher chance of children smoking. To me that goes to prove that though parents may influence a child’s habits I feel is has less to do with a learned behavior and more so with an age issue. In the 1994 Youth Smoking Survey it agreed with me in showing how 31% of 10-14 year olds and only 10% of 15-19 year olds believed parental smoking was one reason why people their age started smoking. I think it’s easy to say that parents are to blame when your younger because when in reality peer-pressure and society plays a bigger role. Children at that younger age can justify their smoking by saying “well mom or dad smoke so that’s why I do. And since they do it why can’t I.”
Part Two.
This is going to show how I conducted my study. First of all I needed to identify my target population. I decide to study children between the ages of 9 to 20. Since I work at a facility where tour groups came through and mainly consisted of children between those ages. The Unit of Analysis