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Tobacco use among Swedish schoolchildren
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
2005 (English)In: Tobacco Control, ISSN 0964-4563, E-ISSN 1468-3318, Vol. 14, no 6, 405-408 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence of snus use and of smoking among Swedish schoolchildren from 1989 to 2003.

DESIGN: Surveys conducted by the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs.

SETTING: All of Sweden.

SUBJECTS: 84,472 boys and girls age 15-16 years.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Subjects are classified as non-smokers, occasional smokers, and regular smokers, and into three similar categories for snus use. Tobacco use is reported as sex specific prevalence.

RESULTS: During the period 1989 to 2003, the prevalence of tobacco use declined both among boys and girls. For boys, regular smoking declined after 1992 from 10% to 4%. Their snus use was about 10% in the 1990s but increased to 13% by 2003. Regular smoking among girls was 20% in early years and declined to 15%. Smoking among girls was always double that among boys. Patterns of occasional tobacco use were similar to those of regular use.

CONCLUSIONS: The high prevalence of snus use in Sweden not only reduces smoking rates among Swedish men, but suppresses smoking among boys as well.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, 2005. Vol. 14, no 6, 405-408 p.
Keyword [en]
smokeless tobacco, cancer mortality, European union, smoking, Sweden, trends, tract
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-19468DOI: 10.1136/tc.2005.011429ISI: 000233614900014PubMedID: 16319364OAI: diva2:201822
Available from: 2009-03-05 Created: 2009-03-05 Last updated: 2016-08-19Bibliographically approved

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