The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between cessation and age at which person starts smoking.
Duta from a survey of nine neighborhoods in Philadelphia (1985-1987) were analyzed.
Interviews were conducted in the home using a structured ques tionnaire.
Participants were from a probability sample (n=1700) of males aged 35 years or older.
Sixty-six percent of the smokers in this scries started smoking before 18 years of age.
Smoking cessation rate was 58.1% in Whites and 38.8% in Blacks.
Age, race, marital status education, health condition, amount smoked, and doration of smoking were significant predictors of smoking cessation.
Age al initiation of smoking was a significant factor for continuation of smoking.
Men who started smoking before 16 years of age had an odds ratio of 2.1 (95% confidence interval : 1.4-3.0) for not quitting smoking compared to those who started at a later age.
These findings emphasize the need for prevention program targeted to children below 16 years of age.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tabagisme, Prédiction, Abstinence, Age apparition, Initiation, Facteur sociodémographique, Facteur risque, Epidémiologie, Pennsylvanie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Tobacco smoking, Prediction, Abstinence, Age of onset, Initiation, Sociodemographic factor, Risk factor, Epidemiology, Pennsylvania, United States, North America, America, Human
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