The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4009.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - Board 8

Abstract #36926

Study of adolescents who provide tobacco to other adolescents in a racial/ethnic diverse population

Steven E. Shive, PhD, MPH1, Grace Xueqin Ma, PhD, CHES2, Patricia Legos2, and Earl S. Shive, EdD3. (1) Health and Community Services, California State University, Chico, 400 W. First St., Chico, CA 95929-0505, (530)898-6018,, (2) Department of Health Studies, Temple University, 304A Vivacqua Hall, PO Box 2843, Philadelphia, PA 19122, (3) Health, East Stroudsburg University, DeNike Hall, 200 Prospect St., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

This study examined the sources of tobacco and the adolescent provision of tobacco to other adolescents in an ethnically/racially diverse, large heterogeneous urban, adolescent population in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A stratified multistage purposive sampling procedure was used to select an ethnically/racially diverse sample, which consisted of 569 students in grades 8-10 in five public and nonpublic funded schools. A logistical regression analysis was used to examine potential predictor variables of adolescent provision of tobacco to other adolescents. Social sources of tobacco were more common than commercial. Gas stations/convenience stores, grocery stores, recreational/sports centers, and pharmacies were the most reported commercial sources. Among adolescent smokers, 46% of smokers gave tobacco to another adolescent. Tobacco was sold (32.2%) and given as a gift (67.8%). Positive correlates of adolescent provision included family availability, best friends and father smoked, purchased cigarettes in the last 30 days, and ownership of tobacco brand merchandise.

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Keywords: Adolescent Health, Smoking

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Tobacco Use among Diverse Populations Poster Session

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA