Since prevention is said to be better than cure, it is important to examine the root cause of the problem. Therefore, in this study reasons of smoking have been investigated to understand why teenagers take up smoking. It was observed in this research that majority of the respondents were non-smokers 41 (58.57%) and 29 (41.42%) were smokers. Smoking problem is increasing day by day. Many kinds of frustration are the major cause of smoking. Students are leaders of future, who are addicted smoking rapidly.
So we should stop smoking to left the students or future leaders. The respondents suggested certain methods for discouraging smokers. 5 respondents believed that an increase in the price of the cigarette packets would reduce the number of smokers. From the study, it was found that 21.
42% respondents recommended “more advertisements (showing bad examples)” 11.4% respondents recommended “counseling, and 10% respondents recommended awareness programme in schools and colleges. Another suggestion was the ban on the cigarette as a whole.Survey results indicated that peer influence, fashion, depression and curiosity were the main reasons for beginning smoking and that pleasure, addiction, and academic stress were the main reasons for continuing smoking. Hence it is very important to develop preventive strategies to reduce smoking.
Cigarette smoking is prevalent among school-going,college-going in Delhi, therefore it is necessary to monitor the trends of smoking which would be helpful in designing the better antismoking programs.There is a need to implement public and private health interventions, with special attention to the smoking habits or status and harmful effects among the students for the youth age group18- 25 who are the golden future of our country.Smoking prevention programs should aim at identifying risk groups and finding measures to protect these vulnerable group from initiation.