Skillbuilder:Social Awareness

Survey Teens

Effort: 10 minutes

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Researchers have found that the number of American teens who smoke or have even tried smoking has dropped dramatically compared to a generation ago — 0.6% of teens reported smoking daily in 2021, down from 9.8% in 1991.

Even more encouragingly, fewer teens are interested in even trying smoking. In 1991, 70% of teens reported having “ever” smoked — that number dropped to less than 18% by 2021.
Smoking-related illness is still responsible for one in every five U.S. deaths, killing about half a million people annually — so that dramatic decline in young people smoking cigarettes is hopeful progress that those numbers will likely decrease, too.

Your Task:

  1. Choose an issue that concerns you and impacts teens.

  2. Write a survey question to ask 5-10 teens. For example: Do you think cell phones should be allowed in classrooms, do you think vaping is safer than regular cigarettes, etc?

  3. Create a quick digital poll to share or ask people in person.

  4. Collect data from as many teens as you can survey.

  5. Share the data in the text box and draw conclusions, based on the data you collected. For example: Why do you think more people answered this way than that, etc.?

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