Availability of cigarettes as a risk factor for trial smoking in adolescents

Am J Health Behav. Jan-Feb 2003;27(1):84-8. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.27.1.9.


Objectives: To examine associations between cigarette availability measures with trial (ie, first) use of cigarettes.

Methods: At Time 1 and one year later (Time 2), 478 adolescents completed smoking surveys. Trial smoking at Time 2 was predicted from Time 1 availability variables (prospective prediction), as well as Time 2 availability variables (cross-sectional prediction).

Results: Offers from friends/classmates were a significant cross-sectional predictor. In prospective analyses, greater perceptions of ease of obtaining cigarettes from parents and greater frequency of offers from an adult were related to trial smoking.

Conclusions: Adult influences, including parental factors, may predispose a young adolescent to smoke.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Tobacco*
  • United States