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Predicting Regular Cigarette Use Among Continuation High School Students

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Objective: To provide a 1-year prospective examination of social, behavioral, intrapersonal and demographic factors that predict transition from experimental to regular cigarette use among continuation high school students. Methods: A cohort of 252 students completed baseline and 1-year follow-up questionnaires on health behaviors. Results: Relatively low smoking prevalence estimates, intention to smoke in the next year, violence perpetration, perceived stress, sensation seeking, and male gender predicted the transition to regular use 1 year later. Conclusion: Intrapersonal variables may be relatively important in predicting the progression from experimental to regular smoking.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Publication date: 2001-03-01

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