The relationship of cigarette smoking and other substance use among college students

J Drug Educ. 1993;23(1):117-24. doi: 10.2190/7W66-52X5-LY0B-AE6R.


A questionnaire relating to cigarette smoking behavior and use of other substances was administered to 863 college students in the state of Oregon. Results indicated that there was not a significant difference between cigarette smokers and non-smokers with regard to use of smokeless tobacco, alcohol consumption, or marijuana use. There was, however, a significant difference in the use of other illicit substances when comparing cigarette smokers and non-smokers. Cigarette smokers were much more likely to use illicit substances on an occasional or regular basis than were non-smokers. Smokeless tobacco users who indicated that they consumed alcohol and used marijuana and other illicit substances were more likely to consume more alcohol on a weekly basis than non-users. They were also more likely to use marijuana and other illicit substances on an occasional and regular basis.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Illicit Drugs*
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Oregon / epidemiology
  • Psychotropic Drugs*
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control


  • Illicit Drugs
  • Psychotropic Drugs