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Adolescent smoking and volume of exposure to various forms of media

Primack, BA and Land, SR and Fine, MJ (2008) Adolescent smoking and volume of exposure to various forms of media. Public Health, 122 (4). 379 - 389. ISSN 0033-3506

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Objective: To assess the association between adolescent smoking and volume of exposure to various forms of media after controlling for multiple relevant covariates. Methods: A survey of all adolescents at a large suburban high school assessed: (1) current smoking and susceptibility to future smoking; (2) volume of exposure to various media; and (3) covariates related to smoking. Multivariate logistic regression models assessed relationships between each of the independent variables (media exposures) and the two smoking outcomes after controlling for covariates. Results: Of the 1138 respondents, 19% (n=216) reported current smoking. Forty percent (n=342) of the non-smokers (n=922) were susceptible to future smoking. Students reported exposure to an average of 8.6 (standard deviation 5.1) h of media daily, including 2.6 h of music. Those with high exposure to films and music were more likely to be smokers (Ptrend=0.036 and Ptrend<0.001, respectively), and those with high exposure to books were less likely to be smokers (Ptrend<0.001). After controlling for all relevant covariates, those with high exposure to music had greater odds of being smokers than those with low exposure [odds ratio (OR) 1.90, 95% confidence intervals (CI) 1.10-3.30], and those with high exposure to books had lower odds of being current smokers (OR 0.55, 95% CI 0.33-0.94). Conclusion: Exposure to films and music are associated with smoking, but only the relationship between music exposure and smoking persists after rigorous covariate control. Exposure to books is associated with lower odds of smoking. © 2008 The Royal Institute of Public Health.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Primack, BAbprimack@pitt.eduBPRIMACK
Land, SR
Fine, MJmjf1@pitt.eduMJF10000-0003-3470-9846
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health
Date: 1 April 2008
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Public Health
Volume: 122
Number: 4
Page Range: 379 - 389
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.puhe.2007.07.022
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Medicine
School of Medicine > Pediatrics
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0033-3506
MeSH Headings: Adolescent; Adolescent Behavior; Family; Female; Humans; Male; Mass Media; Personality; Risk Factors; Smoking--epidemiology; Social Environment
Other ID: NLM NIHMS256359, NLM PMC3001229
PubMed Central ID: PMC3001229
PubMed ID: 18206196
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 17:56
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2021 10:55


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