A situational analysis of adolescent smoking

J Behav Med. 1984 Mar;7(1):109-14. doi: 10.1007/BF00845349.


Forty-four adolescent smokers self-monitored their smoking for 1 week. Four 4 hr each day subjects recorded the person, place, and activity associated with each cigarette smoked. Seventy-one percent of all cigarettes were smoked in the presence of another person. Roughly half of those cigarettes were were smoked with peers. A surprising amount of smoking occurred in the subject's own home, suggesting that the smoking of the subjects is accepted, if not condoned , by their parents. The data generally confirm the social nature of adolescent smoking.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Carbon Monoxide / analysis
  • Child
  • Environment
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parents
  • Smoking*
  • Social Behavior


  • Carbon Monoxide