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Profiling student smokers:a behavioral approach

Theofanides, Faidon and Makri, Vasiliki and Mavroeidis, Vasileios and Iliopoulos, Dimitrios (2011): Profiling student smokers:a behavioral approach. Published in: MIBES Transactions, , Vol. 5, No. 2 (2011): pp. 136-157.

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The aim of the present study is to construct a coherent profile of student smokers in Greece, based on their behavioral and demographic characteristics. In this context, we collected data by administrating an anonymous self-completed questionnaire, which was answered by students of University and Technological Educational Institute (T.E.I.) of Patras. The final sample consists of 1,190 student smokers. For the purposes of the present study, principal component analysis was utilized to explore and detect the demographic and behavioral profiles of Greek student smokers. The factor solution identified 5 demographic factors and 14 behavioral factors. All factors were labeled, interpreted and discussed in the light of existing knowledge in order to understand better the consumer behavior of student smokers.

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