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