Teenagers who perform poorly in school are more likely than their high-achieving peers to smoke, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics.
Only 5 percent of students who performed well academically smoked at least one cigarette a day, compared with 14 percent of low-performing students, the study found.
The report analyzes data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988, which followed the smoking behavior of 10,827 students over a 12-year period starting when they were 8th graders and continuing until 2000. It also found that students from low-income families or single-parent households smoked more than students from two-parent homes.
Vol. 24, Issue 40, Page 9Published in Print: June 15, 2005, as Teenage Smoking