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Tob Control. 2005 Dec;14(6):405-8.

Tobacco use among Swedish schoolchildren.

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Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. brad.rodu@louisville.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
16319364
PMCID:
PMC1748133
DOI:
10.1136/tc.2005.011429
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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