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Availability of Cigarettes as a Risk Factor for Trial Smoking in Adolescents

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Objectives: To examine associations between cigarette availability measures with trial (ie, first) use of cigarettes. Methods: At Time 1 and one year later (Time 2), 478 adolescents completed smoking surveys. Trial smoking at Time 2 was predicted from Time 1 availability variables (prospective prediction), as well as Time 2 availability variables (cross-sectional prediction). Results: Offers from friends/classmates were a significant cross-sectional predictor. In prospective analyses, greater perceptions of ease of obtaining cigarettes from parents and greater frequency of offers from an adult were related to trial smoking. Conclusion: Adult influences, including parental factors, may predispose a young adolescent to smoke.
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Keywords: adolescent smoking; prospective study; smoking risk factors

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego, CA.

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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