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Clear the air: adolescents' perceptions of the risks associated with secondhand smoke.
Prev Med. 2005 Jul; 41(1):16-22.PM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Despite numerous studies on adolescents' recognition of the medical risks of primary smoke, there have been surprisingly few investigations of how adolescents perceive the risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke. This study examined whether adolescents' risk estimates when exposed to secondhand smoke differed by: (1) actual smoking experience and (2) adolescents' intentions to smoke in the near future. We also explored whether adolescents perceive different risk depending on who is producing the secondhand smoke.

METHODS

Three hundred and ninety-five 9th graders (mean age = 14.0) completed a survey concerning their perceptions of secondhand smoke, smoking experiences, and intentions.

RESULTS

On average, adolescents were aware of the serious risks posed by exposure to secondhand smoke. However, adolescents who smoke or intend to smoke were more likely to perceive the risks from exposure to secondhand smoke as lower than did adolescents who had never smoked or had no intentions to smoke.

CONCLUSIONS

The findings from this study suggest that education regarding the risks of secondhand smoke might serve as an additional deterrent against smoking and smoking intentions. Further study using longitudinal data is still needed to fully understand the relationship between such perceptions and smoking behavior.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, 3333 California Street, Suite 245, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA. yafa@itsa.ucsf.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15916988

Citation

Halpern-Felsher, Bonnie L., and Mark L. Rubinstein. "Clear the Air: Adolescents' Perceptions of the Risks Associated With Secondhand Smoke." Preventive Medicine, vol. 41, no. 1, 2005, pp. 16-22.
Halpern-Felsher BL, Rubinstein ML. Clear the air: adolescents' perceptions of the risks associated with secondhand smoke. Prev Med. 2005;41(1):16-22.
Halpern-Felsher, B. L., & Rubinstein, M. L. (2005). Clear the air: adolescents' perceptions of the risks associated with secondhand smoke. Preventive Medicine, 41(1), 16-22.
Halpern-Felsher BL, Rubinstein ML. Clear the Air: Adolescents' Perceptions of the Risks Associated With Secondhand Smoke. Prev Med. 2005;41(1):16-22. PubMed PMID: 15916988.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Clear the air: adolescents' perceptions of the risks associated with secondhand smoke. AU - Halpern-Felsher,Bonnie L, AU - Rubinstein,Mark L, Y1 - 2004/12/19/ PY - 2004/02/10/received PY - 2004/07/06/revised PY - 2004/11/16/accepted PY - 2005/5/27/pubmed PY - 2005/10/29/medline PY - 2005/5/27/entrez SP - 16 EP - 22 JF - Preventive medicine JO - Prev Med VL - 41 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: Despite numerous studies on adolescents' recognition of the medical risks of primary smoke, there have been surprisingly few investigations of how adolescents perceive the risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke. This study examined whether adolescents' risk estimates when exposed to secondhand smoke differed by: (1) actual smoking experience and (2) adolescents' intentions to smoke in the near future. We also explored whether adolescents perceive different risk depending on who is producing the secondhand smoke. METHODS: Three hundred and ninety-five 9th graders (mean age = 14.0) completed a survey concerning their perceptions of secondhand smoke, smoking experiences, and intentions. RESULTS: On average, adolescents were aware of the serious risks posed by exposure to secondhand smoke. However, adolescents who smoke or intend to smoke were more likely to perceive the risks from exposure to secondhand smoke as lower than did adolescents who had never smoked or had no intentions to smoke. CONCLUSIONS: The findings from this study suggest that education regarding the risks of secondhand smoke might serve as an additional deterrent against smoking and smoking intentions. Further study using longitudinal data is still needed to fully understand the relationship between such perceptions and smoking behavior. SN - 0091-7435 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15916988/Clear_the_air:_adolescents'_perceptions_of_the_risks_associated_with_secondhand_smoke_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0091-7435(04)00570-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -