Prevalence and predictors of tobacco use in parental and prenatal environments




Kucharski, Anna

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Smoking is deleterious to health and dyadic smoking facilitates increased tobacco consumption. In this investigation, a secondary analysis was preformed on a Canadian database of 473 and 128 adoptive families. The purpose of this study was to delineate the role of demographic, personality, family environment, and partner smoking in predicting smoking cessation in a sample of Vancouver couples. Two specific temporal environments were explored: (a) general co-habitation smoking patterns and (b) couples' smoking patterns during pregnancy. The data were extracted from the Vancouver Family Study, and the prevalence and predictors of smoking behavior were investigated through correlational and hierarchical logistical regression techniques. Partner smoking was a significant predictor of smoking behaviors for each gender. Specifically, women's weekly smoking consumption was completely mediated by partner smoking. The results of this study highlight the importance of dyadic smoking in continued tobacco consumption.



Smoking, Tobacco use, Pregnant women