Tobacco use by college students: A comparison of daily and nondaily smokers

Erin L. Sutfin, Thomas P. McCoy, Carla J. Berg, Heather Champion, Donald W. Helme, Mary Claire O'Brien, Mark Wolfson

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Objectives: To explore demographics, contextual factors, and health risk behaviors associated with nondaily smoking by college students. Methods: In fall 2005, a random sample of 4100 students completed an online survey. Results: Of those surveyed, 29% reported current smoking; of that 29%, 70% were nondaily smokers. Compared to daily smokers, nondaily smokers were younger, African American (compared to white), had mothers with higher education, belonged to Greek organizations, and attended private (vs public) schools. Nondaily smokers were less likely to have used illicit drugs. Conclusions: Nondaily and daily smokers differed on several demographic and contextual factors, but reported mostly similar health risk behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-229
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012


  • Cigarette smoking
  • College students
  • Nondaily smoking
  • Patterns of smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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