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Social smoking among US college students.
Pediatrics 2004; 114(4):1028-34Ped

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Young smokers commonly identify themselves as "social smokers," a pattern of smoking behavior that is poorly understood. We assessed the prevalence and correlates of social smoking among US college students.

METHODS

Cross-sectional survey of a random sample of 10,904 students enrolled at 119 nationally representative US colleges in 2001.

RESULTS

A total of 51% of 2401 current (past 30-day) smokers were social smokers. (To assess social smoking, students were asked, "In the past 30 days, do you smoke mainly when you are with people, mainly when you are alone, or do you smoke as often by yourself as with others?" Students who stated that they smoked mainly with others rather than alone or equally by themselves and others were defined as social smokers for this analysis.) Social smoking was independently associated with a lower frequency and intensity of tobacco use, less nicotine dependence, less intention to quit, and fewer recent quit attempts.

CONCLUSIONS

Social smoking is a distinct pattern of tobacco use that is common among college students and may represent a stage in the uptake of smoking.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Tobacco Research and Treatment Center and Division of General Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School; Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA. smoran1@partners.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15466101

Citation

Moran, Susan, et al. "Social Smoking Among US College Students." Pediatrics, vol. 114, no. 4, 2004, pp. 1028-34.
Moran S, Wechsler H, Rigotti NA. Social smoking among US college students. Pediatrics. 2004;114(4):1028-34.
Moran, S., Wechsler, H., & Rigotti, N. A. (2004). Social smoking among US college students. Pediatrics, 114(4), pp. 1028-34.
Moran S, Wechsler H, Rigotti NA. Social Smoking Among US College Students. Pediatrics. 2004;114(4):1028-34. PubMed PMID: 15466101.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Social smoking among US college students. AU - Moran,Susan, AU - Wechsler,Henry, AU - Rigotti,Nancy A, PY - 2004/10/7/pubmed PY - 2005/2/16/medline PY - 2004/10/7/entrez SP - 1028 EP - 34 JF - Pediatrics JO - Pediatrics VL - 114 IS - 4 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Young smokers commonly identify themselves as "social smokers," a pattern of smoking behavior that is poorly understood. We assessed the prevalence and correlates of social smoking among US college students. METHODS: Cross-sectional survey of a random sample of 10,904 students enrolled at 119 nationally representative US colleges in 2001. RESULTS: A total of 51% of 2401 current (past 30-day) smokers were social smokers. (To assess social smoking, students were asked, "In the past 30 days, do you smoke mainly when you are with people, mainly when you are alone, or do you smoke as often by yourself as with others?" Students who stated that they smoked mainly with others rather than alone or equally by themselves and others were defined as social smokers for this analysis.) Social smoking was independently associated with a lower frequency and intensity of tobacco use, less nicotine dependence, less intention to quit, and fewer recent quit attempts. CONCLUSIONS: Social smoking is a distinct pattern of tobacco use that is common among college students and may represent a stage in the uptake of smoking. SN - 1098-4275 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15466101/Social_smoking_among_US_college_students_ L2 - http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=15466101 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -