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Association between Tobacco Consumption and Problematic Internet Use and the Practice of Physical Activity in Spanish Adolescents

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Faculty of Health Sciences, Valencian International University, C/Pintor Sorolla, 21, 46002 Valencia, Spain
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Faculty of Education and Sport Sciences, Campus A Xunqueira s/n, University of Vigo, 36005 Pontevedra, Spain
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Faculty of Education and Social Work, Campus As Lagoas, University of Vigo, 32004 Ourense, Spain
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Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad de A Coruña, 15008 A Coruña, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(10), 5464; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105464
Received: 17 March 2021 / Revised: 14 May 2021 / Accepted: 16 May 2021 / Published: 20 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Activity in Childhood and Adolescence)
The practice of physical activity (PA) is a healthy habit that offers health benefits. In contrast, the lack thereof may be associated with an increase in diseases, even at an early age. The objective of this study was to analyze the association between unhealthy behaviors, such as tobacco consumption and problematic internet use, and the practice of PA in adolescents. Protective factors (physical activity and sport) and risk factors (leading a sedentary life, tobacco use, and problematic internet use) were evaluated. Other variables such as sex, the intensity of physical activity, and being a member of a sports federation were also evaluated. The sample consisted of a total of 1222 Spanish adolescents. Univariate descriptive analysis and multiple linear regression were used, and confirmatory factor analyses and structural models were also estimated. The results confirm a significant positive association between physical activity, intensity, and being a member of a sports federation, as well as between cigarette consumption and internet use. It is advisable to implement public policies that promote the practice of sports as a direct investment in health, preventing the consumption of tobacco and other habits that are harmful to the health of adolescents. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescence; physical activity; tobacco; health; internet; sports federation adolescence; physical activity; tobacco; health; internet; sports federation
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Villanueva-Blasco, V.J.; García-Soidán, J.L.; Isorna Folgar, M.; Arufe Giráldez, V. Association between Tobacco Consumption and Problematic Internet Use and the Practice of Physical Activity in Spanish Adolescents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5464. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105464

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Villanueva-Blasco VJ, García-Soidán JL, Isorna Folgar M, Arufe Giráldez V. Association between Tobacco Consumption and Problematic Internet Use and the Practice of Physical Activity in Spanish Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(10):5464. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105464

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Villanueva-Blasco, Víctor J., José L. García-Soidán, Manuel Isorna Folgar, and Víctor Arufe Giráldez. 2021. "Association between Tobacco Consumption and Problematic Internet Use and the Practice of Physical Activity in Spanish Adolescents" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 10: 5464. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105464

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