Predicting regular cigarette use among continuation high school students

Am J Health Behav. Mar-Apr 2001;25(2):147-56. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.25.2.7.


Objective: To provide a 1-year prospective examination of social, behavioral, intrapersonal and demographic factors that predict transition from experimental to regular cigarette use among continuation high school students.

Methods: A cohort of 252 students completed baseline and 1-year follow-up questionnaires on health behaviors.

Results: Relatively low smoking prevalence estimates, intention to smoke in the next year, violence perpetration, perceived stress, sensation seeking, and male gender predicted the transition to regular use 1 year later.

Conclusion: Intrapersonal variables may be relatively important in predicting the progression from experimental to regular smoking.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • California / epidemiology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Prevalence
  • Schools / statistics & numerical data
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Students / psychology
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires