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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 476438, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/476438
Research Article

A Cross-Sectional Study Examining Youth Smoking Rates and Correlates in Tbilisi, Georgia

1Department of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
2International School of Public Health, Tbilisi State Medical University, 7 Mikheil Asatiani Street, Tbilisi, Georgia
3RTI International, Georgia HIV Prevention Project, 7 Mikheil Asatiani Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

Received 13 January 2014; Accepted 6 February 2014; Published 13 March 2014

Academic Editor: Giuseppe La Torre

Copyright © 2014 Carla J. Berg et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Georgia has high smoking rates; however, little is known about the prevalence and correlates of youth smoking. We conducted a secondary data analysis of a 2010 cross-sectional survey of 1,879 secondary and postsecondary school students aged 15 to 24 years in Tbilisi, Georgia, examining substance use, perceived risk, and recreational activities in relation to lifetime and current (past 30 days) smoking. Lifetime and current smoking prevalence was 46.1% and 22.6%, respectively. In secondary schools, lifetime smoking correlates included being male, consuming alcohol, lifetime marijuana use, and lower perceived risk ( ’s ≤ .001). Correlates of current smoking among lifetime smokers included being male, consuming alcohol, lifetime marijuana use, lower perceived risk, less frequently exercise, and more often going out ( ’s < .05). In postsecondary schools, lifetime smoking correlates included being male, consuming alcohol, lifetime marijuana use, lower perceived risk, more often going out, and recreational internet use ( ’s < .0). Correlates of current smoking among lifetime smokers included being male ( ’s = .04), consuming alcohol, marijuana use, lower perceived risk, and more often going out ( ’s < .05). Tobacco control interventions might target these correlates to reduce smoking prevalence in Georgian youth.