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There are many factors that influence smoking initiation among youth.



Tobacco industry marketing; easy access to tobacco products; low prices; peer pressure; tobacco use and approval of use by peers, parents and siblings; and the misperception that smoking enhances social popularity are among the factors that increase smoking initiation among boys and girls.



Shafey O, Eriksen M, Ross H, Mackay J. The Tobacco Atlas. American Cancer Society.

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