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Attitudes and beliefs of adolescent experimental smokers: A smoking prevention perspective

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James M. Eddy, Department Head and Professor (Creator)
Eugene C. Fitzhugh (Contributor)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The study examined the relationships of smoking-related beliefs and attitudes and smoking status with a focus on experimental smoking. The sample included 9,774 adolescents who participated in the 1988-89 Teenage Attitudes and Practices Survey (TAPS). Adolescents were classified as being a regular smoker, experimental smoker, or nonsmoker. Results from logistic regressions and odds ratios suggest that attitude and belief variables can adequately predict smoking stages of adolescents as defined by the stage model of smoking acquisition. Consequently, if smoking interventions can reach those experimental smokers, there is an enhanced likelihood that such interventions will influence experimental smokers to adopt a behavior change towards returning to nonsmoking status.

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Publication
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 41, 3, 1-12
Language: English
Date: 1996
Keywords
experimental smokers, adolescents, smoking interventions