Factors associated with small cigar use among college students

Am J Health Behav. 2013 May;37(3):325-33. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.37.3.5.


Objective: To assess small cigar use among college students in the southeastern United States.

Methods: Data from a 2010 online survey were analyzed to examine small cigar smoking and its sociodemographic and psychosocial correlates among 4388 college students, aged 18-30.

Results: Small cigar users were more likely to be younger, male, black, and current cigarette, cigar, hookah, or marijuana smokers (p's < .05). They reported lower perceived harm of smoking and greater sensation seeking and perceived stress. Menthol cigarette smokers were more likely to smoke small cigars.

Conclusions: Small cigar use and the co-occurrence of other tobacco and substance use should be addressed among college students.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Demography
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Universities*