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Am J Public Health. 1998 Jan;88(1):104-7.

Predictors of smoking among US college students.

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  • 1Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study explored predictors of smoking among a large, representative national sample of students enrolled in American 4-year colleges.

METHODS:

A sample of undergraduate students, randomly selected from 140 colleges, was sent a detailed questionnaire that included questions about smoking status.

RESULTS:

The 30-day smoking prevalence was 22.3%; 25% of the participants were former smokers. Multivariate analyses suggested that, among college students, men are less likely to smoke than women. In addition, high-risk behaviors (e.g., marijuana use) and lifestyle choices (e.g., nonparticipation in athletics) increased the likelihood of being a smoker.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study's findings have important implications for health education and promotion among college populations.

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PMCID:
PMC1508383
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