The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

3077.0: Monday, November 11, 2002 - 11:01 AM

Abstract #44859

Tobacco use in a cohort of 4200 adolescents in the upper midwest

Jean L. Forster, PhD, Cheryl L. Perry, PhD, Vincent Chen, MBA, and Maribet C. McCarty, PhD, MPH. Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 1300 South Second St., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454-1015, (612) 626-8864,

The natural history of tobacco-use behaviors is not well understood in youth. Unambiguous markers of progression from nonsmoker to dependence have not been identified to use as outcomes. The MACC study is designed to better define the patterns of development of tobacco use in adolescents in order to evaluate the effects of tobacco control programs on these patterns. A cohort of 4200 adolescents age 12-16 was surveyed at baseline and at six-month intervals thereafter. Survey items include measures of susceptibility, tobacco use, addiction, cessation, sources of cigarettes, role models, and attitudes about smoking and the tobacco industry. Items were combined into scales to provide better estimates of some of these constructs. At baseline, regular tobacco use in this cohort was associated with parental smoking, other role model smoking, opportunities to smoke, the functional meaning of tobacco use for teens, discretionary income, sex, and age. We will report findings based on observations at three time points. Outcomes will include changes in tobacco susceptibility and use in individuals over time, and differences between same-age cohorts across time.

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Keywords: Adolescents, Tobacco

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.

Effects of State and Local Programs on Youth Tobacco Use

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA