Correlates of converted and native nondaily smoking

Taneisha S. Scheuermann, Waruiru E Mburu, Charu Mathur, Jasjit S Ahluwalia

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Objectives: Nondaily smokers represent a growing proportion of current smokers in the United States. However, little is known about which characteristics are important in distinguishing between nondaily smokers who are former daily smokers (converted nondaily) and nondaily smokers who never smoked daily (native nondaily). This study contrasts converted and native nondaily smokers on demographic, psychosocial, tobacco-related characteristics and quit intentions and behaviors in a tri-ethnic sample (Blacks, Whites, and Latinos) of smokers. Methods: Smokers were recruited for a web-based survey using an online panel survey company. Participants were 1,201 nondaily smokers (904 converted nondaily smokers and 297 native nondaily smokers). A multivariable logistic regression was conducted to assess the associations between demographic, smoking-related, and psychosocial variables with converted versus native nondaily smoking. Results: Logistic regression indicated that number of years smoking, years as a nondaily smoker, number of days smoked in a month, smoking dependence, identity as a smoker, and number of smoking cessation methods used were correlates of being converted nondaily smokers versus native nondaily smokers. Conclusions: Clinicians and researchers should consider characteristic variations in nondaily smokers when designing and implementing intervention efforts targeting this smoking population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1112-1119
Number of pages8
JournalNicotine and Tobacco Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2015

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