From Adolescence to Young Adulthood: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Smoking

Phyllis L Ellickson, Maria Orlando, Joan S Tucker & David J Klein
Objectives. We used data gathered from 6259 youths between the ages of 13 and 23 years to compare trends in smoking among 4 racial/ethnic groups. Methods. We weighted trend data to represnet baseline respondent characteristics and evaluated these data with linear contrasts derived from multiple regression analyses. Results. Although African Americans exhibited higher initiation rates than Whites, they exhibited consistently lower rates of regular smoking than both Whites and Hispanics. This seeming anomaly was explained...
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