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ERIC Number: EJ786369
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1087-3244
Social Influences on Cigarette Initiation among College Students
Staten, Ruth R.; Noland, Melody; Rayens, Mary Kay; Hahn, Ellen; Dignan, Mark; Ridner, S. Lee
American Journal of Health Behavior, v31 n4 p353-362 Jul-Aug 2007
Objectives: To examine the relationship of demographic and social influence with initiation of cigarette use among undergraduates. Methods: Students were mailed anonymous surveys including 437 participants who indicated that they had not smoked cigarettes before age 18. Of those, 107 became late initiators (24%), and 330 remained never smokers (76%). Results: Those who drank alcohol in college and had at least 1 parent with a college education were more likely to initiate smoking than were those who did not drink and neither parent had attended college. Conclusions: Strategies that focus on reducing alcohol and tobacco use need to be tested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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