Tobacco Use by College Students: A Comparison of Daily and Nondaily Smokers

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Objectives: To explore demographics, contextual factors, and health risk behaviors associated with nondaily smoking by college students. Methods: In fall 2005, a random sample of 4100 students completed an online survey. Results: Of those surveyed, 29% reported current smoking; of that 29%, 70% were nondaily smokers. Compared to daily smokers, nondaily smokers were younger, African American (compared to white), had mothers with higher education, belonged to Greek organizations, and attended private (vs public) schools. Nondaily smokers were less likely to have used illicit drugs. Conclusions: Nondaily and daily smokers differed on several demographic and contextual factors, but reported mostly similar health risk behaviors.

Keywords: CIGARETTE SMOKING; COLLEGE STUDENTS; NONDAILY SMOKING; PATTERNS OF SMOKING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.36.2.7

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. esutfin@wakehealth.edu 2: Biostatistician III, Department of Biostatistical Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA 3: Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA, USA 4: Enterprise Associate, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC, USA 5: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA 6: Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA 7: Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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