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Am J Health Behav. 2001 Jul-Aug;25(4):418-25.

Social environmental influences on adolescents' smoking progression.

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  • Department of Health Sciences, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA. MWANG@CHES.UA.EDU

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine social environmental factors in relation to adolescent smoking using both longitudinal and cross-sectional analyses.

METHODS:

A national sample of nonsmoking adolescents (N=4,431) who participated in the 1989 Teenage Attitudes and Practices Survey and who were re-interviewed in 1993 was used for this study.

RESULTS:

The smoking behavior of best friends and smoking beliefs were consistent and significant factors in predicting adolescents' smoking progression from nonsmoking status to regular smokers or experimental smokers.

CONCLUSIONS:

By addressing several limitations of previous studies, this paper contributes additional information regarding the adolescents' smoking acquisition process.

PMID:
11488552
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