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Lighting Up
Author: Mimi Nichter

ISBN: 9780814758380
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 22 January 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9
Description:
While the past 40 years have seen significant declines in adult smoking, this is not the case among young adults, who have the highest prevalence of smoking of all other age groups. At a time when just about everyone knows that smoking is bad for you, why do so many college students smoke? Is it a short lived phase or do they continue throughout the college years? And what happens after college, when they enter the "real world"? Drawing on interviews and focus groups with hundreds of young adults,Lighting Up takes the reader into their everyday lives to explore social smoking.       ­      ­Mimi Nichter argues that we must understand more about the meaning of social and low level smoking to youth, the social contexts that cause them to take up (or not take up) the habit, and the way that smoking plays a large role in students' social lives. Nichter examines how smoking facilitates social interaction, helps young people express and explore their identity, and serves as a means for communicating emotional states. Most college students who smoked socially were confident that "this was no big dea...

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