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Characterizing early cigarette use episodes in novice smokers.
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PMID:  17913378     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Retrospective self-report data indicate that early cigarette use episodes may be important predictors of smoking. Unfortunately, recall of early experiences are confounded with current smoking. The current study is the first to examine early cigarette use episodes (EUEs) prospectively in novice smokers (less than 15 lifetime cigarettes). Smoking amount, context and subjective experiences for up to five of the first cigarette episodes during their first year of college were collected using weekly internet-based questionnaires and structured interviews. Data were obtained on 538 EUEs from 163 students. EUEs generally occurred within a social/party context; over 90% of EUEs occurred when participants were with other people who were smoking and over 65% occurred while participants were drinking alcohol. Subjective effects across episodes were reported as generally mild and factor analysis yielded Positive, Negative and Sensory/Peripheral effects scales. Subjective effects were related to the amount smoked and inhalation, whereas EUE context, including alcohol use and social context, was not. This study demonstrates that it is possible to study EUEs in college students within days or weeks of their occurrence and that most of these occur in social settings with the concurrent use of alcohol.
Michelle C Acosta; Thomas Eissenberg; Mimi Nichter; Mark Nichter; Robert L Balster;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-09-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Addictive behaviors     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0306-4603     ISO Abbreviation:  Addict Behav     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-12     Completed Date:  2008-04-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7603486     Medline TA:  Addict Behav     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  106-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, NY 10025, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Age of Onset
Prospective Studies
Smoking / epidemiology,  psychology*
Students / statistics & numerical data
United States / epidemiology
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