HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Peer pressure matters in young adults smoking decisions

The peer pressure that leads young people into bad habits like smoking may also be a factor in getting them to quit, suggests a new study examining the social influence on young smokers.

The study also found that teens whose parents strongly disapproved of them smoking or whose best friends did not smoke, may be less likely to continue to do so after first trying it.

The study, in the September issue of Nicotine & Tobacco Research, followed 278 male and 433 female smokers for five years starting in their senior year of high school in 1990. The researchers focused on five factors that might influence smoking: peer pressure and parental approval, beliefs about smoking, rebelliousness, substance abuse and problem behaviors, social bonds (at school and with family and peers) and perceived health status.

"Although many of these variables had been investigated as possible predictors of quitting among adolescents in previous research, the goal of this study was to determine whether these variables might be useful in understanding the smoking-cessation process during the transition from late adolescence to young adulthood," explains lead author Joan S. Tucker, Ph.D., of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif.

Tucker and her colleagues were particularly interested in seeing if there were any differences between male and female participants in these predictors, given that gender can play a role in ability to quit and effectiveness of several cessation programs.

The researchers used questionnaires to assess the high school students' beliefs and social structures. For instance, to assess peer pressure and parental approval, they asked the teens whether the adult most important to them was a smoker, how often they were with people their own age who smoked, how often their best friend smoked and whether their parents and friends would approve of them smoking.

To evaluate smoking-related beliefs, they asked the participants abou
'"/>

Contact: Warren Robak
robak@rand.org
310-451-6913
Center for the Advancement of Health
3-Sep-2002


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Acupuncture found to lower elevations in blood pressure
2. Blood pressure treatment could cut risk of strokes and heart attacks
3. COX-2 inhibitors associated with blood pressure elevation
4. Alcohol: Global burden on health similar to tobacco and high blood pressure
5. Number of adults with high blood pressure set to soar by 2025
6. Drinking without food may set you up for high blood pressure
7. Certain high blood pressure combination therapies elevate risk for death from cardiovascular disease
8. Success of new treatment halts international blood pressure drug trial
9. Drinking water could be beneficial to patients with low blood pressure
10. More muscle means better regulation of blood pressure, study finds
11. System that regulates blood pressure may also affect aging

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Peer pressure matters young adults smoking decisions

(Date:7/22/2014)... Plate Club you eat pretty much everything you put ... Cornell University study shows that the average adult eats 92% ... plate. "If you put it on your plate, ... of the forthcoming book, Slim by Design, Professor of Marketing ... Wansink and co-author Katherine Abowd Johnson analyzed 1179 diners and ...
(Date:7/22/2014)... (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 As reported on ... a caller request to name her favorite beauty products, “ ... on to say that “ Botox has changed my ... the makeup chair preparing for her various, daily appearances. ... explained Ms. Ripa (see: goo.gl/shmTQM). , “I think that Kelly ...
(Date:7/22/2014)... The Beryl Institute announces its fifth ... Scholar Program. These offerings reinforce the Institute’s commitment to ... healthcare and the need for rigorous research to understand ... scholar programs are intended to encourage and support ... focusing on the patient experience before, during and after ...
(Date:7/22/2014)... (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 The market ... the past few years, owing to novel medical indications ... BoNTs in the aging societies where physical appearance is ... by one player, current competitors, new companies and technologies ... As biosimilar BoNTs will put the price of 1st-gen ...
(Date:7/22/2014)... NJ (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 CarePoint Health ... recently elected as the President of the medical staff at ... Levine will serve as President, as voted on by the ... of the medical staff in relation to the administration at ... needs of physicians and to work to make the Medical ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Celebrity Botox: Kelly Ripa Confesses to Getting Botox Injections 2Health News:The Beryl Institute Opens Applications for 2014 Patient Experience Grant and Scholar Programs 2Health News:The Beryl Institute Opens Applications for 2014 Patient Experience Grant and Scholar Programs 3Health News:Botulinum Neurotoxins Marketplace Analysed in New La Merie Publishing Report Available at MarketPublishers.com 2Health News:Botulinum Neurotoxins Marketplace Analysed in New La Merie Publishing Report Available at MarketPublishers.com 3Health News:Botulinum Neurotoxins Marketplace Analysed in New La Merie Publishing Report Available at MarketPublishers.com 4Health News:Dr. Howard Levine Elected President of the Medical Staff at Bayonne Medical Center 2
(Date:7/22/2014)... , July 22, 2014  NeuroSigma, Inc. (NeuroSigma), ... focused on commercialization of its non-invasive Monarch ... and neuropsychiatric disorders, today announced that enrollment has begun ... nerve stimulation (eTNS) as adjunctive therapy for the treatment ... being conducted at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in ...
(Date:7/22/2014)... York , July 22, 2014 ... Partnerschaft für umfassenden Schutz von Pharmazeuten ... Österreich    Equashield ( ... Transfersystemen (Closed System Transfer Devices, CSTDs) für gefährliche ... einen Vertriebshändler und Hersteller von medizinischen ...
(Date:7/21/2014)... McCord Research, Inc. was recently granted ... This patent describes a method for accelerating wound ... inventor, Dr. McCord, this method includes administering or ... composition of an effective amount of hydroxytyrosol and ... such that the administration of the combination reduces ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Enrollment Commences in NeuroSigma-Sponsored Pediatric Clinical Trial for the Treatment of Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome 2Enrollment Commences in NeuroSigma-Sponsored Pediatric Clinical Trial for the Treatment of Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome 3Enrollment Commences in NeuroSigma-Sponsored Pediatric Clinical Trial for the Treatment of Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome 4Enrollment Commences in NeuroSigma-Sponsored Pediatric Clinical Trial for the Treatment of Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome 5Equashield ernennt Medikus zu seinem exklusiven österreichischen Vertriebspartner für seine geschlossenen Arzneimitteltransfersysteme 2US Patent Office Grants McCord Research Endothelial Cell Treatment Patent 2
Cached News: