Intention to Quit and Polytobacco Use Among College Student Smokers
Methods. The study was part of a larger, quasi-experimental study evaluating the impact of an on-campus TIPS ad campaign on tobacco use and attitudes. This analysis included 133 current college student cigarette smokers. Cigarettes per day (CPD), polytobacco use status, frequency of use, intention to quit smoking, and demographics were measured. Multivariate logistic regression assessed predictors of intention to quit smoking cigarettes.
Results. Polytobacco-using college students were as likely as cigarette-only users to intend to quit. Students who smoked more than 10 CPD were 72% less likely to indicate intention to quit, compared to those who smoked at most 10 CPD (OR=0.28, p=.017). Females were 160% more likely to report intention to quit smoking, compared to males, controlling for all other variables in the model (OR=2.60, p=.040). Academic status and frequency of tobacco use were not related to intention to quit smoking.
Conclusions. Inconsistent with other studies, college student polyusers in this sample were as likely as cigarettes smokers to intend to quit. Campus tobacco treatment services need to target both polyusers and cigarette-only users, especially those who smoke less than 10 CPD.
Learning Areas:Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Identify variables related to intention to quit in college students. Compare intention to quit between college students who are cigarette-only users and polytobacco users.
Keyword(s): College Students, Tobacco Use
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Karen Butler is an Associate Professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and a Faculty Associate in the Tobacco Policy Research Program. She has clinical and research experience in health promotion, including tobacco dependence prevention and treatment with college students. Currently, she is also a Co-Investigator in an NIH-finded study directed at reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and radon in the home.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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