Winkleby Lab In the Prevention Research Center

Copyright 1995 The Chronicle Publishing Co.  
The San Francisco Chronicle 

AUGUST 9, 1995, WEDNESDAY, FINAL EDITION
SECTION: NEWS; Pg. A17

STUDY LINKS SMOKING TO SCHOOL DROPOUTS

White men who fail to pick up a high school diploma are almost certain to pick up something else: a cigarette.

A Stanford University survey found that 93 percent of white male high school dropouts were either current or former daily cigarette smokers.

The same study found similar smoking patterns among 73 percent of white females who did not finish high school.

''These high smoking rates reflect not only individual behaviors but also the intense promotions of cigarettes to low-educated whites by tobacco companies,'' said epidemiologist Marilyn Winkleby of the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention.

The study also found that Latino high school dropouts were less likely to take up smoking than their non-Latino white counterparts. According to the survey, 71 percent of Latino males who did not complete high school were current or former daily smokers. The rate for Latino females was 39 percent.

Researchers drew their conclusions from data collected from 1,088 non-Latino whites and 1,088 Latinos from Modesto, Monterey, Salinas and San Luis Obispo.

 

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