Social Influences on Cigarette Initiation Among College Students

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Abstract:

Objectives : To examine the relationship of demographic and social influence with initiation of cigarette use among undergraduates.

Methods : Students were mailed anonymous surveys including 437 participants who indicated that they had not smoked cigarettes before age 18. Of those, 107 became late initiators (24%), and 330 remained never smokers (76%).

Results : Those who drank alcohol in college and had at least 1 parent with a college education were more likely to initiate smoking than were those who did not drink and neither parent had attended college.

Conclusions : Strategies that focus on reducing alcohol and tobacco use need to be tested.

Keywords: cigarette initiation; college students; prevention; social influences

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.31.4.2

Publication date: July 1, 2007

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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