Intentions to quit smoking among daily smokers and consistent andconverted nondaily college student smokers Open Access

Pinsker, Erika Ashley (2012)

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Given the high prevalence of smoking, particularly nondaily smoking, among young adults, research is needed to understand the different trajectories of smoking among this group. We examined factors related to smoking initiation, progression, and cessation and differing smoking trajectories in relation to readiness to quit smoking in the next month. The current study is a secondary data analysis of an online survey that was administered to six Southeast colleges in Fall 2010. A total of 24,055 students were recruited, yielding 4,849 responses (20.1% response rate), with complete data from 4,438 students. Overall, 63.8% (n= 3,094) were nonsmokers, 6.0% (n = 293) were quitters, 6.5% (n = 317) were consistentnon daily (i.e., never daily) smokers, 5.8% (n = 283) were converted nondaily (i.e., historically daily) smokers, and 9.3% (n = 451) were daily smokers. There were significant differences in sociodemographics, other substance use (alcohol, binge drinking, marijuana, and other tobacco products) in the past 30 days, and psychosocial factors (e.g., smoking attitudes, perceived harm) among these subgroups of students (p

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I. Introduction Page 1

II. Literature Review Page 6

III. Method Page 9

IV. Results Page 15

V. Discussion Page 18

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