Socio-Cultural Factors of Cigarette Smoking Among Adolescents

This study described socio-cultural factors of cigarette smoking among adolescents in Egor local government areaof Edo State. Descriptive survey research design was used and 250 participants were randomly selected usingstratified sampling technique. Self-developed questionnaire with reliability value of r=0.85 was used for datacollection. Analysis showed that peer pressure (84.4%) contributes majorly to cigarette smoking followedbyattitude of parents (78.8%), and self-esteem (57.2%) respectively. The study recommends health promotionpolicies, intervention programmes targeting peer pressure that will prevent tobacco use among adolescents inthislocality. Comprehensive strategies embracing mass media to heavily tax tobacco products, enact smoke-free lawsand policies as well as evidence-based school programmes and sustainable community-wide ef orts to control
tobacco smoking should be adopted