Do you think that cigarettes pair with drinking like peanut butter with jelly? If so, you're in a growing group of college students. According to a Harvard University study, almost 33% of college students admit to having used tobacco in the past month. While many are everyday users, a whopping quarter of this group consider themselves, "sometimes smokers," only using tobacco on specific occasions. And the CDC attests that of all these college-aged smokers, 40% of them started smoking after high school. So why the increasing rates of cigarette use among college-aged students? For many, smoking is a social activity, that goes hand-in-hand with the college lifestyle of partying and drinking with peers. In fact, over 70% of college students have tried at least one cigarette during college, the Harvard study found. Other students admitted that they smoked to ease stress, to fit in, or as a way to control their weight. Post-college, many smokers do end up quitting the habit, with only 21% of adults classifying themselves as smokers, according to last year's Gallup poll. But because tobacco remains as deadly as ever, it's wise to consider cutting it out of your campus experience, and not waiting until later!
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Last Updated:December 20, 2012