Students who enrolled in the University of Wyoming School of Nursing in the fall of 1971 were asked to complete a one-page questionnaire regarding experience with, attitude toward, and knowledge of smoking and its effects. Of 188 enrolling students, 181 (96 percent) completed all or part of the questionnaire. Of these, 55 had never smoked, 62 had smoked but quit, and 56 currently smoked. Forty-five percent of the freshman class had never smoked, 41 percent of the sophomores and 38 percent of seniors currently smoked, but 49 percent of the junior class had quit. A great majority of students reported they were aware of the physiological effects of smoking on heart and lungs. Smoking habits of peer groups were found to be more influential than parents' habits, using both chi-square and step-wise multiple regression analyses.
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