Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Deidre Hill Butler
research, tobacco, participation, data, response
This mixed methodology research project analyzes the relationship between smoking cigarettes and volunteer participation rates utilizing an empirical analysis of 2006 and 2010 Current Population Surveys (CPS), as well as a qualitative analysis on the perception and behaviors of Union College student smokers. Existing studies have indicated a negative association between smoking cigarettes and social participation, yet little research has been done on the specific relationship between smoking status and volunteer participation. Utilizing CPS supplements on tobacco use and volunteering, this empirical analysis finds that smoking cigarettes has a significant association with decreased volunteer participation rates. This research also includes an analysis of in-depth interviews conducted on a handful of Union College student smokers, as well as an overview of the changing Union College tobacco policy and its potential effects on the student body.
Robertson, Cameron, "Union College Smokers: Hurting Themselves But Helping Others? Mixed Research on the Relationship Between Smoking and Volunteering" (2016). Honors Theses. 203.