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Wis Med J. 1993 Nov;92(11):605-8.

Prevalence of daily and experimental smoking among University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduates, 1989-1993.

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Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, UW Medical School, Madison 53706.


Limited information is available on smoking among college students. This study surveyed smoking prevalence and frequency among University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduates aged 17 to 22 (n = 6,069) during the years 1989 through 1993. Sampling was conducted before and after the implementation of a smoke-free campus policy. Daily smoking remained constant across the 5 years at just under 10% of the sample; males showed a trend toward increased daily smoking (7.8% to 11.7%), while females showed a declining trend (10.2% to 8.4%). Additionally, 27% engaged in experimental smoking (smoking every few days, weeks, or months), resulting in a disturbing overall rate of tobacco use: about 37% of all students. These data indicate a need for more directed efforts to help university students overcome the threat of tobacco addiction.

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