Williams Jr., Ronald D.; Barnes, Jeremy T.; Hunt, Barry P.; Winborne, Heidi
September 2011
American Journal of Health Studies;2011, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p152
Academic Journal
The purpose of this study was to examine the health beliefs related to secondhand smoke exposure and perceptions of smoke-free policies among members of a college population. A stratified sample of students, employees, and community members (n=1,069) completed a brief 7-item survey. Females were more likely than males to recognize secondhand smoke risks and were more supportive of smoke-free policies. Minorities were less likely to recognize secondhand smoke risks, but African Americans were more supportive of smoke-free policies than other minorities or Caucasians. Smokers who reported intent to quit smoking more closely resembled non-smokers in their health beliefs of secondhand smoke risks. Few differences existed among students, university employees, and community members. Implications for health education and smoke-free advocacy are discussed.


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