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Cigarette habit; College students--Tobacco use; Smoking;


This study was designed to describe the influence of selected factors on nonsmoking behavior among traditional age college students. Specifically, eight potential sources of influence were examined: family, peer, media, admired role model, health, physician, education, and aesthetic factors. A questionnaire was designed and delivered to students in general education Personal Wellness classes at the University of Northern Iowa. Subjects (N=169) were asked to identify the degree to which various factors influenced their decision not to smoke cigarettes including: smoking/nonsmoking behavior by others, and specific selected factors. In addition, the subjects ranked the top-five influences from one (1) to five (5) with one being the most influential in their decision not to smoke. Five of the selected factors surfaced as a top influence. Consistently, family and health were rated as the top-two throughout the survey. To a lesser degree, yet indicated in at least one area of the survey as a strong influence, were aesthetic factors, education, and peers. The least influential factors on the subjects' decisions not to smoke cigarettes include admired role model, media, and physician.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Dennis Cryer

Second Advisor

Jane E. Richards

Third Advisor

Elton E. Green


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