Social influences on cigarette initiation among college students.

College of Nursing and University Health Service, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA.
American journal of health behavior (Impact Factor: 1.31). 07/2007; 31(4):353-62. DOI: 10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.4.353
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ABSTRACT To examine the relationship of demographic and social influence with initiation of cigarette use among undergraduates.
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%).
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.
Strategies that focus on reducing alcohol and tobacco use need to be tested.

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