Tobacco Use Disorder: Social Factors

There are a variety of social factors associated with tobacco use disorder. This entry focuses on social factors associated with tobacco use disorder such as family factors, friend factors, neighborhood and community factors, advertising and marketing factors, and policy factors.

Family Factors

Research is not conclusive on whether there is a causal association between parental smoking and adolescent smoking. However, a longitudinal study published in 2007, using a sample of 353 students in 6th through 10th grades, reported that parental tobacco use disorder predicted the development of tobacco use disorder syndrome in adolescents (i.e., important factor contributing to the transition from use to dependence in adolescents). In addition, a longitudinal study published in 2003, using a large twin sample, found that sibling tobacco use is a stronger ...

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