Final project topic:
Tobacco consumption among youth in United States.

According to the current patterns of tobacco use, 24.6% of high school and 7.7% of middle school students in the U.S. have used tobacco products (CDC, 2015).
The current policy in place is geared to reducing consumption of tobacco amongst youth by increasing taxes. Studies have reported that increasing tax rate is correlated with reducing youth smoking rate. However, I plan to show that the correlation is significant or not. It appears that smoking amongst the youth is still at a high rate. My opinion is that the policy is ineffective. If it is proving that the existing policy is ineffective, I utilize the systems thinking approach to help modify the current policy to make it more effective. If the current policy in place proves to be effective, I will use the systems thinking approach to enhance the policy and to make it more efficient. References:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2011 and 2012. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 64(14), 381-5. Accessed on 8/24/15.

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