Smoking, Wellbeing and Academic Attainment

Journal of Health and Medical Sciences, Vol.2 No.3 (2019)

7 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2019

Date Written: July 26, 2019


The research described here examined associations between smoking, wellbeing and academic attainment of university students. Wellbeing was investigated using the Student Wellbeing Process Questionnaire (WPQ) and academic attainment was assessed using Grade Point Average (GPA) and perceptions of work efficiency. 923 university students (94 males, 829 females; approximately 10% smokers) participated in the study. Univariate analyses showed that smokers were less conscientious, had lower positive wellbeing and lower attainment scores. Smokers also reported greater exposure to stressors, more negative coping and higher negative outcome scores. When established predictors of wellbeing (positive personality; social support; exposure to stressors and negative coping) and attainment (being conscientious) were co-varied, smoking still had a significant effect on academic attainment but not the wellbeing outcomes.

Keywords: Smoking, Wellbeing, Academic Attainment

Suggested Citation

Smith, Andrew, Smoking, Wellbeing and Academic Attainment (July 26, 2019). Journal of Health and Medical Sciences, Vol.2 No.3 (2019), Available at SSRN:

Andrew Smith (Contact Author)

Cardiff University ( email )

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