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Investigating Race, Gender, and Access to Cigarettes in an Adolescent Population

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Abstract:

Objective: To examine race and gender as potential predictors for access to cigarettes and purchasing behaviors among an adolescent population. Methods: Data were collected from a survey administered to 4336 high school students. The significance was examined using the chi-square test, with a P-value ≤.05. Results: Noncommercial outlets were the primary source of cigarette acquisition for white students; African American students were more likely than white students to use commercial sources to acquire cigarettes; females were more likely to report not being asked to show proof of age. Conclusions: Interventions designed to reduce youth access to tobacco must address racial and gender differences.

Keywords: ACCESS; ADOLESCENTS; GENDER; RACE; TOBACCO

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.36.4.8

Affiliations: Department of Health Promotion and Behavior, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Publication date: 2012-07-01

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