This research was supported by National Cancer Institute Grant #R01CA80287.
Five-Year Prospective Study of Risk Factors for Daily Smoking in Adolescence Among Early Nonsmokers and Experimenters1
Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 32, Issue 8, pages 1588–1603, August 2002
How to Cite
Tucker, J. S., Ellickson, P. L. and Klein, D. J. (2002), Five-Year Prospective Study of Risk Factors for Daily Smoking in Adolescence Among Early Nonsmokers and Experimenters. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32: 1588–1603. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2002.tb02764.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Grade 7 nonsmokers and experimenters (N= 4,165) were compared on a wide range of risk factors for future smoking derived from four prominent theories and whether these factors predicted daily smoking at Grade 12. Early experimenters scored consistently higher than did early nonsmokers on risk factors for future smoking. Common predictors of Grade 12 daily smoking for both groups included early exposure to an important adult who smokes, being young for one's cohort, and weak academic bonds. For Grade 7 non-smokers, unique predictors of daily smoking included exposure to pro-smoking social influences (cigarette offers, sibling who smokes), early binge drinking, and being female. Unique predictors for early experimenters were less sharply delineated, although certain family factors appeared to be more important for this group. African Americans and His-panics were also less likely to progress from experimental to daily smoking. Results point to the importance of adapting prevention efforts to the special needs of early nonsmokers and experimenters.