Dec 31, 2006
Clocking in Could Prove Hazardous to a Teen's Health
A teen who starts working for pay while still in school may be more than 8 times as likely to report tobacco use as peers who don't start working while in school.
Among teenagers, there is a strong link between working for pay and using tobacco. In one study of almost 800 tenth-graders, researchers found that working teens are considerably more likely to report tobacco use. Compared with a nonworking peer, a teen who works for pay while still in school is…
Researchers recommend that policymakers "monitor the conditions under which young people work to help minimize young workers' tobacco use and potential for initiating use."
SOURCES: "The Effect of Working for Pay on Adolescent Tobacco Use," American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 97, No. 11, November 1, 2007, pp. 2056–2062, Rajeev Ramchand, Nicholas S. Ialongo, Howard D. Chilcoat; "Workplace Strategies Are Needed to Protect Youth Across the Globe from Starting to Smoke," Journal of Adolescent Health, Vol. 51, No. 3, September 2012, pp. 205–206, Rajeev Ramchand.