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Do they know what they are doing? Risk perceptions and smoking behaviour among Swedish teenagers

Lundborg, Petter LU and Lindgren, Björn LU (2004) In Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 28(3). p.261-286
Abstract
Cross-sectional survey data on Swedish adolescents aged 12 - 18 was used to analyse perceived risks of smoking-related lung cancer, the determinants of these risk perceptions, and how these perceptions related to smoking behaviour. Three major conclusions were drawn: ( 1) that both smokers and non-smokers overestimated the risks of lung cancer, ( 2) that these risk perceptions fell substantially with age, but nevertheless implied risk overestimation, and ( 3) that individuals with higher perceived risks were less likely to be smokers but that risk beliefs had no effect on the number of cigarettes smoked.
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young people, risk perception, smoking
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Journal of Risk and Uncertainty
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28
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3
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261 - 286
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Springer
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1573-0476
DOI
10.1023/B:RISK.0000026098.84109.62
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English
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  author       = {Lundborg, Petter and Lindgren, Björn},
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  keyword      = {young people,risk perception,smoking},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {261--286},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Journal of Risk and Uncertainty},
  title        = {Do they know what they are doing? Risk perceptions and smoking behaviour among Swedish teenagers},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/B:RISK.0000026098.84109.62},
  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2004},
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