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Am J Public Health. 1992 Jan;82(1):55-8.

Predictors of smoking prevalence among New York Latino youth.

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Department of Public Health, Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY 10021.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

We examined prevalence rates and risk factors for smoking among Latino adolescents, using a multiethnic sample of sixth- and seventh-grade students (n = 3129) in 47 New York City public and parochial schools.

METHODS:

The students completed questionnaires; self-reported smoking data were collected by means of the "bogus pipeline" technique. The largest group of Latino students (43%) was Puerto Rican; 20% were of Dominican background, 7% were Colombian, and 7% were Ecuadorian. "Current smoking" was defined as smoking at least once per month.

RESULTS:

A series of logistic regression analyses indicated that peer influence was the strongest predictor of smoking. Family influence was important as well.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results are discussed in terms of their implications for prevention.

PMID:
1536335
PMCID:
PMC1694408
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.82.1.55
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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