Cigarette smoking among korean international college students in the united states

Jaesin Sa, Dong Chul Seo, Toben F. Nelson, David K. Lohrmann

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Objective and Participants: This study explored (1) the prevalence of cigarette smoking among South Korean international college students in the United States, (2) differences in smoking between on- and off-campus living arrangements, and (3) predictors of an increase in smoking over time in the United States Methods: An online survey was completed by 1,201 students at 52 4-year US universities (34% response rate). Results: The overall smoking prevalencewas 43.5%. The smoking rate (29.0%) of female students was higher than that (4%) of female college students in SouthKorea. Sex, living place, living situation, length of stay as a student in the United States, home smoking rules, campus-wide tobacco-free policies, and levels of acculturative stress, anxiety, and depression were significantly associated with an increase in smoking (p .05). Conclusions: Given the high smoking prevalence among the SouthKorean students onUS college campuses, targeted prevention efforts for these students may be warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-467
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013


  • Acculturative stress
  • Smoking
  • South Korean college students
  • Tobacco control policy


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