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ERIC Number: EJ1035616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Relationship between Frequency and Intensity of Cigarette Smoking and TTFC/C among Students of the GYTS in Select Countries, 2007-2009
Lam, Eugene; Giovino, Gary A.; Shin, Mikyong; Lee, Kyung A.; Rolle, Italia; Asma, Samira
Journal of School Health, v84 n9 p549-558 Sep 2014
Background: This study assessed the construct validity of a measure of nicotine dependence that was used in the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS). Methods: Using 2007-2009 data from the GYTS, subjects from 6 countries were used to assess current smokers' odds of reporting time to first cigarette or craving positive (TTFC/C+) by the number of cigarette smoking days per month (DPM) and the number of cigarettes smoked per day (CPD). Results: The percentage of GYTS smokers who reported TTFC/C+ ranged from 58.0% to 69.7%. Compared with students who smoked on 1-2 DPM, those who smoked on 3-9 DPM had 3 times the adjusted odds of reporting TTFC/C+. The adjusted odds of reporting TTFC/C+ were 3 to 7 times higher among those who smoked 10-29 DPM and 6 to 20 times higher among daily smokers. Similarly, the adjusted odds of TTFC/C+ were 3-6 times higher among those who smoked 2-5 CPD and 6 to 20 times higher among those who smoked >6 CPD, compared to those who smoked <1 CPD. Conclusion: Associations of TTFC/C+ prevalence with both frequency and intensity of cigarette smoking provide a construct validation of the GYTS question used to assess respondents' TTFC/C status.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS)
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