Table 2.13.Trends (% and 95% confidence interval) in the opinions* of high school seniors about smokers, by gender, Monitoring the Future Survey, United States, 1981, 1990, 1998

Opinions198119901998
GirlsBoysGirlsBoysGirlsBoys
In my opinion, when a girl my age is smoking a cigarette, it makes her look…
…like she's trying to appear mature and sophisticated64.8 (±4.6)65.0 (±3.7)62.2 (±5.5)66.6 (±4.2)56.2 (±5.5)49.8 (±4.7)
…insecure45.9 (±4.7)49.4 (±3.9)50.0 (±5.6)52.3 (±4.4)42.2 (±5.5)40.0 (±4.6)
…conforming25.5 (±4.2)28.2 (±3.5)19.5 (±4.5)19.7 (±3.6)18.8 (±4.4)19.3 (±3.8)
…independent and liberated10.9 (±3.0)12.0 (±2.5)9.7 (±3.3)9.8 (±2.7)8.5 (±3.1)9.0 (±2.7)
…mature, sophisticated6.8 (±2.4)7.4 (±2.1)4.1 (±2.2)5.1 (±2.0)4.5 (±2.3)5.6 (±2.2)
…cool, calm, in control5.7 (±2.2)5.5 (±1.8)4.1 (±2.2)4.2 (±1.8)5.9 (±2.6)4.7 (±2.0)
In my opinion, when a guy my age is smoking a cigarette, it makes him look…
…like he's trying to appear mature and sophisticated61.6 (±4.6)61.9 (±3.7)60.4 (±5.5)62.3 (±4.3)55.6 (±5.5)48.4 (±4.7)
…insecure38.9 (±4.6)45.2 (±3.8)46.6 (±5.6)44.6 (±4.4)35.8 (±5.3)34.7 (±4.5)
…conforming24.9 (±4.1)26.4 (±3.4)17.6 (±4.3)17.1 (±3.3)17.9 (±4.3)21.2 (±3.9)
…rugged, tough, independent9.1 (±2.7)8.6 (±2.2)11.7 (±3.6)8.5 (±2.4)10.0 (±3.3)11.8 (±3.0)
…mature, sophisticated4.9 (±2.1)6.1 (±1.8)2.2 (±1.7)3.9 (±1.7)3.0 (±1.9)7.5 (±2.5)
…cool, calm, in control6.5 (±2.3)6.4 (±1.9)5.1 (±2.5)5.5 (±2.0)6.6 (±2.7)9.1 (±2.7)
*

Percentage who agree.Sources: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, public use data tapes, 1981, 1990, 1998.

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

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