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Is moist snuff use associated with excess risk of IHD or stroke? A longitudinal follow-up of snuff users in Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 35, no 6, 618-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND: The potential risks of Swedish moist snuff (snus) are debated and studies have shown diverging results. AIMS: The aim of this study is to investigate whether there is any excess risk of ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and stroke from snuff use. METHODS: The Swedish Survey of Living Conditions from 1988-89 was record-linked to the Swedish Cause of Death Register and the Swedish Hospital Discharge Register to investigate excess mortality and hospitalization from IHD and stroke. A Poisson regression model was used and incidence rate ratios (IRRs) for snuff and smoking were calculated controlling for age, physical activity, self-reported health, number of longstanding illnesses, residential area, and socioeconomic position. RESULTS: Among snuff users there were no excess risks of mortality or hospitalization from IHD (IRR 0.8; 0.5-1.2,) or stroke (IRR 1.1; 0.7-1.8), but, as expected, clear excess risks were found for smokers (IRR 1.7; 1.4-2.1 for IHD, and IRR 1.4; 1.0-1.9 for stroke). CONCLUSIONS: This study has not shown any excess risk among users of snuff for IHD or stroke. If there is a risk associated with snuff it is evidently much lower than those associated with smoking.

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2007. Vol. 35, no 6, 618-22 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-19321DOI: 10.1080/14034940701436949PubMedID: 17852996OAI: diva2:201704
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