Table 2.12. Trends (% and 95% confidence interval) in the beliefs and attitudes of high school seniors about smoking and smokers, by gender, Monitoring the Future Survey, United States, 1981-1998

Beliefs and attitudes19811986199119961998
GirlsBoysGirlsBoysGirlsBoysGirlsBoysGirlsBoys
I prefer to date people who don't smoke. * 62.2 (±4.6)71.3 (±3.5)69.0 (±4.6)73.5 (±3.8)74.4 (±4.8)74.0 (±3.9)67.6 (±5.2)65.0 (±4.6)64.8 (±5.3)67.7 (±4.4)
I strongly dislike being near people who are smoking. * NA ** NA46.1 (±5.0)44.5 (±4.3)50.4 (±5.6)48.2 (±4.5)45.9 (±5.5)39.1 (±4.7)42.4 (±5.5)39.9 (±4.6)
I personally don't
mind being around people who are smoking. *
42.7 (±4.7)33.5 (±3.6)39.2 (±4.9)34.6 (±4.1)36.6 (±5.4)29.2 (±4.1)39.7 (±5.4)38.6 (±4.7)39.2 (±5.5)37.4 (±4.6)
Do you disapprove of people (age > 18 years) who smoke one or more packs of cigarettes per day?§ 69.4 (±4.1)71.2 (±3.3)76.4 (±4.0)74.0 (±3.4)73.9 (±4.7)68.8 (±3.8)65.6 (±2.6)59.1 (±2.3)66.9 (±2.6)58.4 (±2.3)
I think that becoming a smoker reflects poor judgement. * 53.9 (±4.7)60.8 (±3.8)57.5 (±4.9)62.0 (±4.2)60.0 (±5.4)62.6 (±4.4)55.3 (±5.5)55.0 (±4.8)54.1 (±5.6)55.4 (±4.7)
How do you think your close friends feel (or would feel) about your smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day? § >§<§ 73.9 (±4.1)74.0 (±3.4)77.1 (±4.2)74.9 (±3.7)76.9 (±4.7)72.1 (±4.1)73.4 (±5.2)65.0 (±4.6)72.7 (±5.1)65.8 (±4.6)
Smoking is a dirty habit. * 66.7 (±4.5)64.7 (±3.7)69.6 (±4.6)67.3 (±4.0)73.1 (±4.9)70.2 (±4.1)72.2 (±5.0)63.7 (±4.6)72.4 (±5.0)68.6 (±4.4)
*

Percentage who agree.

**

NA = Not available.

§

Percentage who disapprove.

>§<§

Possible responses included "not disapprove," "disapprove," and "strongly disapprove." Percentages include those who "disapprove" or "strongly disapprove." Sources: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, public use data tapes, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1998.

From: Chapter 2. Patterns of Tobacco Use Among Women and Girls

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