J. L. Thomas

University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, Minnesota, United States

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Publications (2)6.1 Total impact

  • C J Berg · L C An · J L Thomas · K A Lust · J R Sanem · D W Swan · J S Ahluwalia ·
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    ABSTRACT: Given the previously documented higher rates of smoking among 2-year college students in comparison with 4-year university students, this study compares smoking patterns, attitudes and motives among 2-year and 4-year college students. Two thousand two hundred and sixty-five undergraduate students aged 18-25 years at a 2-year college and a 4-year university completed an online survey in 2008. Current (past 30-day) smoking was reported by 43.5% of 2-year and 31.9% of 4-year college students, and daily smoking was reported by 19.9% of 2-year and 8.3% of 4-year college students. Attending a 2-year college was associated with higher rates of current smoking [odds ratio (OR) = 1.72] and daily smoking (OR = 2.84), and with less negative attitudes regarding smoking, controlling for age, gender, ethnicity and parental education. Also, compared with 4-year college student smokers, 2-year college smokers had lower motivation to smoke for social reasons, but more motivation to smoke for affect regulation, after controlling for age, gender, ethnicity and parental education. Two- and 4-year college students report different smoking patterns, attitudes and motives. These distinctions might inform tobacco control messages and interventions targeting these groups of young adults.
    Health Education Research 03/2011; 26(4):614-23. DOI:10.1093/her/cyr017 · 1.66 Impact Factor

  • Cancer Prevention Research 12/2010; 3(12 Supplement):B89-B89. DOI:10.1158/1940-6207.PREV-10-B89 · 4.44 Impact Factor