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Maguire, Niall and Howell, Fenton and Moran, A. (2000) Smoking and quitting among Irish teenage males. Irish Medical Journal, 93, (9), pp. 272-273.

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Nicotine addiction in adulthood is usually preceded by exposure to cigarettes in adolescence. A minimal exposure may be sufficient to produce addiction. Strategies to reduce adult smoking must address those factors, which influence teenage smoking. In this study we aimed to establish the prevalence of smoking in male secondary schools, to measure the association between student's smoking status and parental, peer and sibling smoking and to describe attempted quitting.

An anonymous questionnaire was given to 1070 male secondary school pupils in two schools in County Louth. Twenty-seven percent of respondents smoked every day or on most days. Having a best friend who smoked was associated with personal smoking (O.R. 11.75, C.I. 8.6-16.08) as was sibling smoking (O.R. 3.49, C.I. 2.67-4.57.) Seventy percent of smokers stated that they wanted to stop and 75% that they had tried to stop. Only five smokers (1.2%) had been advised to quit by their general practitioner. We conclude that smoking is as prevalent among teenage boys in Ireland as it has been shown to be elsewhere and that most teenagers are unable rather than unwilling to stop.

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Page Range
pp. 272-273
Irish Medical Organisation
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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