A change in perspective: How this generation has turned into the 'Vape Nation' – UTSA The Paisano

In the last 20 years, smoking prevalence among teens and adults has declined. As of 2016, teen smoking has hit a record low of 11 percent, compared to 1997 when teen smoking was at an all-time high of 35 percent according to the National Center for Policy Analysis. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, adult smoking in 1997 was at 24.7 percent compared to today’s estimated 16.8 percent of adults smoking. Smoking was more popular in the ‘90s due to media advertisements, low cigarette prices and smoking celebrities glamorizing smoking.

The ‘90s is often defined by cultural movements. The grunge movement, which influenced the fashion and music scenes of the ‘90s, consisted of teens and young adults supporting bands whose lyrics were full of angst, isolation and rebellion. Smoking within this culture was extremely popular because of the rebellious aspect surrounding it.

Although smoking was far more socially acceptable then, the public was still aware of its dangers. Icons of the generation, such as Kurt Cobain,
Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, were often pictured with cigarettes,

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