Examining the use of tobacco on college campuses

J Am Coll Health. 1999 May;47(6):260-5. doi: 10.1080/07448489909595657.


The authors used the Health Risk Behavior Survey for University Students to assess the prevalence of tobacco use among undergraduates in the Florida state university system. They examined the relationships of gender, marital situation, and minority status to 6 smoking behaviors (tried cigarettes, smoked regularly, tried to quit smoking, age when first smoked regularly, number of cigarettes smoked in the last month, and number of days smoked in the past month). Findings suggested that White students were more likely than minority students to try cigarettes and women more likely than men to smoke regularly. Married students smoked more regularly than others and were less likely than single students to have tried to quit smoking. The investigators suggested analyzing latent behaviors associated with smoking and called for a national meta-analysis of data from smoking studies to help clinicians deal with student tobacco use.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Continental Population Groups
  • Female
  • Florida / epidemiology
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marital Status
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities*