Smoker Identity Among Occasional Smokers: Findings From Minnesota
Abstract:Objectives: To investigate characteristics of occasional smokers who deny being smokers (ie, deniers). Methods: Data were from 3 rounds of the Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS 2003, 2007, and 2010), a statewide, cross-sectional, and random-digit-dial telephone survey. Results: Nearly half of occasional smokers did not view themselves as smokers. Characteristics that were predictive of being a denier included less perceived harm from secondhand smoke, fewer days smoked, and fewer cigarettes smoked per day. Conclusions: Denial of being a smoker is primarily characterized by very light smoking. Future communication efforts should be tailored for this group.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Centre for Health Initiatives, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia 2: Research Department, ClearWay MinnesotaSM, Minneapolis, MN, USA 3: Minnesota Center for Health Statistics, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN, USA
Publication date: July 1, 2013
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