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:10/22/2014)... Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The United ... arriving from Ebola-affected nations of West Africa land ... them for infection with the virus. In ... Johnson noted that 94 percent of air passengers ... at one of these five airports -- New ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 ... while Southern California’s fresh water supply runs dangerously low, ... climate change. Southern Oregon’s rivers, despite the lowest mountain ... fast even in late summer and early autumn.* That ... Urness, authors of the new book “Hiking Southern Oregon,” ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Viejo, CA (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 ... Jay Cormier, Sr. Vice President of Sales, will be ... the upcoming Meetings Technology Expo on October 28, at ... also be hosting a booth as well as a ... how Lintelus Meeting can create a more engaging event ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... (HealthDay News) -- Two sisters in high school have ... Ilina and Medha Krishen use electronic stethoscopes, which electronically ... in breathing patterns or heartbeats. Ilina, a senior ... to find a way to detect early lung damage ... electronic stethoscope, Ilina recorded one breath cycle each from ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- ... NBC News in Liberia has cleared the virus from ... Medical Center in Omaha, where he had been treated for the ... confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found ... NBC News reported Tuesday night. "Recovering from Ebola is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Passengers From Ebola-Affected Countries Must Land at Designated U.S. Airports 2Health News:Passengers From Ebola-Affected Countries Must Land at Designated U.S. Airports 3Health News:Southern Oregon Is West’s Most Drought Proof Fresh Water Region Say Hiking Guide Authors 2Health News:Southern Oregon Is West’s Most Drought Proof Fresh Water Region Say Hiking Guide Authors 3Health News:Southern Oregon Is West’s Most Drought Proof Fresh Water Region Say Hiking Guide Authors 4Health News:Jay Cormier, Sr. Vice President of Sales for Lintelus, Speaks about Event Technology Integration at Meetings Technology Expo in NYC 2Health News:Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage 2Health News:U.S. Cameraman Treated for Ebola 'Free' of the Virus 2Health News:U.S. Cameraman Treated for Ebola 'Free' of the Virus 3
(Date:10/22/2014)... CLARA, Calif. , Oct. 22, 2014  Cephasonics, ... announced the introduction of the cQUB™-1 (cQuest Ultrasound Box™-1), ... white-label ultrasound systems designed and manufactured by Cephasonics for ... name and model number. Cephasonics will be showcasing the ... being held this week in Chongqing, China ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... -- Antigen Discovery Inc. (ADi), a privately held company ... receipt of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Phase ... of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The one-year $225,000 ... Microarray Chip, which will contain every protein in all ... the development of safe and effective vaccines and therapies ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... 2014  Paper Pak Industries, a manufacturer of ... Body Guard Bio, a disposable, highly absorbent ... and virus while protecting service providers and the ... a rugged, external nylon shell, watertight zipper, thermal ... inner chamber that contains contaminated and potentially contagious ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Cephasonics Launches the cQUB-1, First Product in New Family of cQUB White-Label Ultrasound Systems Targeted at Medical Applications 2Cephasonics Launches the cQUB-1, First Product in New Family of cQUB White-Label Ultrasound Systems Targeted at Medical Applications 3Biomarker Discovery Company, Antigen Discovery Inc., Awarded an NIH Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Grant to Develop a Pan-HIV Protein Microarray Chip 2New, State-Of-The-Art Body Bag Minimizes The Spread Of Bacteria And Virus 2
Cached News: