Which adults do underaged youth ask for cigarettes?

Am J Public Health. 1999 Oct;89(10):1561-4. doi: 10.2105/ajph.89.10.1561.


Objectives: This study identified adults' demographic and smoking behavior characteristics that are related to being asked to provide tobacco to a minor.

Methods: Telephone interviews were conducted with 6352 California adults. Predictors included age, sex, household income, and smoking status.

Results: Only 10.1% of California adults had been asked to provide tobacco to a minor in the previous year. Fewer than 3% of individuals 55 years and older had been asked to provide tobacco, but among younger smokers 59.0% of 18- and 19-year-olds and 39.3% of 20- to 24-year-olds had been approached.

Conclusions: Interventions to reduce the social availability of tobacco are needed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • California / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Social Environment*
  • Socioeconomic Factors