Parental Influences to Smoke in Latino Youth

C. Moreno, R. Laniadolaborin, J. F. Sallis, J. P. Elder, C. Demoor, Felipe Castro, K. Deosaransingh

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Abstract

Background. Latino youth have been found to have a higher prevalence of tobacco use than do other ethnic groups, possibly due to cultural factors and parental influences. Methods. Seventh-grade students (N = 589) were surveyed in San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico, to assess parental influences to smoke. These parental influence variables were studied with logistic regression, adjusting for age, sex, and number of parents who smoke. Results. Among those whose parents smoke, Mexican students were asked to strike a match to light their parents′ cigarettes significantly more often (57%) than Mexican-American students (37%) and U.S. Others (37%) (P <0.05). Seventeen percent of the Mexican students reported having lit a cigarette in their own mouth for their parents, compared to 18% of Mexican-Americans and only 3% of U.S. Others (P <0.01). Mexicans reported buying cigarettes for their parents more often (62%), compared with 36% for Mexican-Americans and 30% for U.S. Others (P <0.01). Child smoking was only associated with friend offers of tobacco and parental prompts to light cigarettes in their mouths. Conclusion. Latino parents are inadvertently prompting their children to smoke. Smoking prevention programs targeting Latino youth may need to include a parental tobacco education component.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-53
Number of pages6
JournalPreventive Medicine
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Tobacco
Mouth
Smoking
Light
Tobacco Use
Mexico
Ethnic Groups
Logistic Models
Education

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Moreno, C., Laniadolaborin, R., Sallis, J. F., Elder, J. P., Demoor, C., Castro, F., & Deosaransingh, K. (1994). Parental Influences to Smoke in Latino Youth. Preventive Medicine, 23(1), 48-53. https://doi.org/10.1006/pmed.1994.1007

Parental Influences to Smoke in Latino Youth. / Moreno, C.; Laniadolaborin, R.; Sallis, J. F.; Elder, J. P.; Demoor, C.; Castro, Felipe; Deosaransingh, K.

In: Preventive Medicine, Vol. 23, No. 1, 01.1994, p. 48-53.

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Moreno, C, Laniadolaborin, R, Sallis, JF, Elder, JP, Demoor, C, Castro, F & Deosaransingh, K 1994, 'Parental Influences to Smoke in Latino Youth', Preventive Medicine, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 48-53. https://doi.org/10.1006/pmed.1994.1007
Moreno C, Laniadolaborin R, Sallis JF, Elder JP, Demoor C, Castro F et al. Parental Influences to Smoke in Latino Youth. Preventive Medicine. 1994 Jan;23(1):48-53. https://doi.org/10.1006/pmed.1994.1007
Moreno, C. ; Laniadolaborin, R. ; Sallis, J. F. ; Elder, J. P. ; Demoor, C. ; Castro, Felipe ; Deosaransingh, K. / Parental Influences to Smoke in Latino Youth. In: Preventive Medicine. 1994 ; Vol. 23, No. 1. pp. 48-53.
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