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ERIC Number: ED431164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Use of a Visual Prompt To Reduce Public Cigarette Smoking on a College Campus.
Hodges, Jilda; Srebro, Karen; Kane, Jeanette; Fruhwirth, Mary; Chambliss, Catherine
Although there has been a substantial decline in cigarette consumption among the adult population in the United States, use of cigarettes among the adolescent population has continued to grow. Since 1993, a disturbing increase in smoking among college students has been observed. This study attempts to reduce public smoking outside classroom buildings by posting paper signs reading "Think...Why Smoke?", designed to make smokers more conscious of their behavior. A paired sample t-test showed that the mean amount of cigarettes smoked on baseline days was significantly higher than the amount of cigarettes consumed on experimental days. Comparison of the number of whole cigarettes smoked outside the buildings during the baseline and experimental weeks showed a 35% reduction. Factors promoting smoking behavior are also discussed. Future research should examine the effects of longer interventions, assess displacement of smoking more completely, and monitor the long-term impact of these types of interventions on student attitudes and smoking behavior. (Contains 3 tables and 34 references.) (Author/MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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