Smoking by frequency and type of social contact

Jim P. Stimpson

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Objectives: To compare smoking by frequency and type of social contact. Methods: Respondents aged 20 years or older from NHANES III were analyzed using multivariate logistic models (N=15,499). Results: Among the levels and types of social contact, frequency of church attendance was the only type of social contact associated with lower likelihood of smoking (OR=0.68, 95% CI=0.64, 0.72). Other types of contact were either not associated or were associated with higher probabilities of smoking. Conclusions: Frequent church attendance appears to protect the most from smoking relative to other types of social contact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-327
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Serum cotinine
  • Smoking
  • Social networks
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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