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Social Environmental Influences on Adolescents' Smoking Progression

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Objective: To determine social environmental factors in relation to adolescent smoking using both longitudinal and cross-sectional analyses. Methods: A national sample of nonsmoking adolescents (N=4,431) who participated in the 1989 Teenage Attitudes and Practices Survey and who were re-interviewed in 1993 was used for this study. Results: The smoking behavior of best friends and smoking beliefs were consistent and significant factors in predicting adolescents' smoking progression from nonsmoking status to regular smokers or experimental smokers. Conclusions: By addressing several limitations of previous studies, this paper contributes additional information regarding the adolescents' smoking acquisition process.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Health Sciences, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL.

Publication date: July 1, 2001

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