PREDICTING SMOKING BEHAVIOUR IN YOUNG HEAVY AND NON-HEAVY ADULT SMOKERS.

The aim of the present study was to verify the basic assumptions underlying the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) for the prediction of quitting smoking intentions and behaviours in the following 6 months among adults of the general population. The study was developed based upon Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behaviour. The data was collected in a variety of settings giving instructions and a debriefing statement of the nature of the study. Results indicated significant relationships between attitudes, with perceived control and intentions, but not for subjective norms. The present study suggests that promotional programmes should identify the faulty and weak areas of individual’s perceptions to give up smoking and help them develop more powerful behaviours regarding non-smoking behaviours.

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