Correlates of participation and willingness to participate in anti-tobacco activities among 4th-7th graders

David J. Lee, Edward Trapido, Norman Weatherby, Richard Rodriguez

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The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with participation and willingness to participate in anti-tobacco community activities in 4-7th grade students. A probability sample was drawn from seven regions in Florida (n = 1219). Telephone interviews assessed socioeconomic status, tobacco use, knowledge, and attitudes, and exposure to anti-tobacco school education and media campaigns. Factors related to both participation and willingness included: parental discussion of tobacco use, exposure to school courses with anti-tobacco curricula and a belief that youth could convince their friends to stop smoking. Additional participation correlates included: parental smoking status and student government activity participation. Additional willingness correlates included: exposure to anti-tobacco television campaigns, liking school, and several tobacco-related knowledge and attitudinal questions. These findings suggest that exposure to community-based tobacco control programs and family discussion of tobacco use is associated with regular participation and/or willingness of youth to participate in anti-tobacco activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-457
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Community Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001


  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Community health promotion
  • School health promotion
  • Tobacco control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)


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