Tobacco Use and Cessation Behavior Among Adolescents Participating in Organized Sports
Authors: Castrucci, Brian C.; Gerlach, Karen K.; Kaufman, Nancy J.; Orleans, C. Tracy
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 28, Number 1, January 2004 , pp. 63-71(9)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objectives: To examine the difference in tobacco use between adolescents who participate in organized sports and those who do not. Methods: Using a cross-sectional study design, this study uses data from a nationally representative sample of adolescents enrolled in public high schools in the United States. Results: Those participating in organized sports were 25% less likely to be current cigarette smokers. However, smokeless tobacco use was found to be associated with participation in organized sports. Conclusions: Given the large proportion of students involved in organized sports, intervening through this venue to address tobacco use has the potential to reach significant numbers of adolescents.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.
Publication date: January 1, 2004
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