A recent study suggested that higher academic standards make high schoolers less likely to do drugs, smoke, or drink. We talked with high school students about the study.
"I think that's true. At my school, I know a lot of people who smoke. It's more like a leisure activity for them, so I wouldn't say it's correlated with the amount of stress that they have, it's just something that they do for fun." —Sunanda Thirunavukkarasu, 18, senior, Green Hope High School.
"I don't believe the school will have anything much to do with it. Of course, they can try to educate kids about the dangers of (drugs, alcohol, smoking), but in the end, it doesn't really come down to the schools. It comes down to the community of the kids in those schools and what they do in their free time." —Jack Schroeder, 17, senior, Broughton High School.
"It could help with taking up someone's time, but it's not really going to change their mindset, if they want to experiment with that kind of stuff." —Gianni Varner, 18, senior, Fuquay-Varina High School.
"It doesn't matter (what) classes you take, it depends on the teachers and the support system around you. Even the kids in IB have different struggles. So education has a limited impact. It's more of the people you surround yourself with." —Darcy McMillan, 18, senior, Broughton High School.
"I think it just depends on the kid. I think a lot of it depends on your motivation with schoolwork and what you want to do." —Elena Lowinger, 14, freshman, Chapel Hill High School.
"I feel like it would work. Some people who smoke, smoke for attention, or for the clout. I feel like it's more of a distraction, so if you study more, it would take away your attention to (smoking)." —John Murithi, 17, senior, Broughton High School.
"I think that is true. I think the students that are in the more advanced classes have more structured families outside of school that encourage them to stay healthy and make sure that they're doing the right things. People that don't take as hard classes, usually it's because they don't have parents forcing them or pushing them to do so, and not all of them have people making them make the right decisions." —Taina Maisonet, 18, senior, Broughton High School.