Research Topic: Health
Chosen Area Of Focus: Teens Smoking In Singapore

1. Framing our research topic:

Our research topic is the factors that cause teen smoking in Singapore. The reason we chose this topic is because in recent years  there has been increase in the number of Teens smoking in Singapore. Smoking is a practice in which a substance, most commonly tobacco or cannabis, is burned and the smoke is tasted or inhaled. This is primarily practised as a route of administration for recreational drug use, as combustion releases the active substances in drugs such as nicotine and makes them available for absorption through the lungs. It can also be done as a part of rituals, to induce trances and spiritual enlightenment. (Wikipedia)

Essential Questions

a. Why Do Teens Want To Smoke?
We would like to find out why teens smoke, what are the main reasons why they smoke. Is it because of the feel of it or could it because of another reason?

b. What Are The Consequences Of Teens underage Smoking? How would this affect them?
How would underage smoking affect the teens? What are the effects of smoking, what will happen to them in the future?

2.Reasons for choice of topic

We want to find out why teens are influenced into such an act. To find out the root causes of this act. By finding the root cause, we would be able to know the reasons why teens decide to do this. Knowing what the root cause is, we would be able to find ways to prevent teens from smoking.

Feasibility of the research

Feasibility studies aim to objectively and rationally uncover the strengths and weaknesses of an existing business or proposed venture, opportunities and threats as presented by the environment, the resources required to carry through, and ultimately the prospects for success. Feasibility of our research is rather high, as many teenagers in schools smoke.

Accessibility of the research

- We will get the information that we need by asking people from different ages, eg. Teenagers, Young Adults, Adults and Elderly on their views about this situation.

- We will find online articles about cases that cases have happen to people and how smoking at a young age affected their life  eg. their family, friends, education...

Manageability of the research

It would be rather easy to conduct this research. But we do expect some problems along the way, such as problems conflicts among members and time management. This research provides sufficient opportunity for group work as we will need to discuss a lot of matters regarding the project e.g who will be assigned to do which part of the project. We are able to contact each other through sources like facebook, twitter, google plus, etc.

Examples of a case of teenage smoking

I began smoking as a very young teen.

I had low self-esteem and despite knowing the dangers, I started smoking to fit in. It's a common story, played out the world over. For some reason, a rolled-up paper with tobacco and nicotine inside is supposed to make you popular, or confident, or cool. It doesn't.

By the age of 15, my addiction was so strong I was smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. Soon my ex-smoker parents found out (my dad once worked for the company that made Marlboro cigarettes, and each of my parents smoked between 40 and 60 a day in their early twenties!) and despite their intense disappointment, I continued. It was my rebellion, along with with alcohol, drugs, skipping school and fighting. I had so many internal issues going on, I thought acting out would distract those I loved (and myself) from them. Smoking was the main distraction though, because it soon became all I thought about, day and night.

When I was 19 years old, I was smoking up to 30 cigarettes a day at University, and with a night out, it could easily reach 40 a day. I switched to a stronger brand, yet still smoked more and was in constant pain. A University doctor told me I had the lungs of a 40-year-old smoker (own bolds) and I wasn't even 20. Yet still, the strongest part of my addiction lay within the need to feel "adult." I felt smoking made me mature. How wrong I was.

I remember moving my dormitory room around so that my bed was next to my desk. First thing in the morning, all I had to do was sit up in bed and I was at my desk with a cigarette checking out the news on the Internet. If I didn't have my cig within a moment of waking I felt the veins in my arms and legs throb -- I needed that cigarette. What a disgusting thought, but one we can all relate to, I'm sure.

My rebellion was over but I was left a heavy smoker.

I tried to quit in 2005 and lasted a week when the doctor told me how bad I might feel (I already did) from nicotine withdrawal I tried again in 2006. My second quit was unsuccessful but the best attempt so far, as I joined this wonderful forum. However, within a few weeks away from the forum I was back to 30 cigarettes a day.

As the year 2007 started, I was looking forward to turning 21. There was to be a big party thrown in my honor, I was getting set for a career, school was going better than ever and I was engaged to my wonderful girlfriend Ashley. What should have been a great time of transition ended up as a painful and demoralizing (there are no other words) period that I think will always be known as the worst months and year of my life.

I was diagnosed with testicular just before my 21st birthday.

I spent months dealing with treatment and still am, with ongoing recovery. I should stress, this was almost certainly not linked to smoking; however, cancer is cancer, no matter the cause, and it is no easier to deal with, whatever the circumstance. The negative impact of the word "cancer" feels like an immediate death sentence regardless of the cause, type or stage. It is a word that embodies death, misery, suffering and, very often, regret.

(case of a young man getting testicular cancer because of smoking)


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