Predictors of smoking prevalence among New York Latino youth

Am J Public Health. 1992 Jan;82(1):55-8. doi: 10.2105/ajph.82.1.55.


Background: We examined prevalence rates and risk factors for smoking among Latino adolescents, using a multiethnic sample of sixth- and seventh-grade students (n = 3129) in 47 New York City public and parochial schools.

Methods: The students completed questionnaires; self-reported smoking data were collected by means of the "bogus pipeline" technique. The largest group of Latino students (43%) was Puerto Rican; 20% were of Dominican background, 7% were Colombian, and 7% were Ecuadorian. "Current smoking" was defined as smoking at least once per month.

Results: A series of logistic regression analyses indicated that peer influence was the strongest predictor of smoking. Family influence was important as well.

Conclusions: The results are discussed in terms of their implications for prevention.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology
  • Child
  • Educational Status
  • Family
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino / classification
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • New York City / epidemiology
  • Peer Group
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking / ethnology
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires