Characteristics of social smoking among college students

Kimberly Waters, Kari Harris, Sandra Hall, Niaman Nazir, Alex Waigandt

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Social smoking is a newly identified phenomenon in the young adult population that is poorly understood. We investigated differences in social smoking (smoking most commonly while partying or socializing) and other smoking within a convenience sample of college smokers (n = 351) from a large midwestern university. Results revealed that 70% of 351 current (past 30-day) smokers reported social smoking. No significant difference was found in motivation to quit between smoking groups. However, a significant difference was found between groups in confidence to quit, the number of days smoked, and the number of cigarettes smoked on those days. More social smokers than expected did not perceive themselves as smokers. Logistic regression analysis revealed that lower physical and psychological dependence and higher social support scores predicted social smoking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-139
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006


  • Smoking
  • Students
  • Universities


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