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Am J Health Behav. 2010 May-Jun;34(3):309-21.

The prevalence of unrecognized tobacco use among young adults.

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Center for Prevention, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA. steven.foldes@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the prevalence of smoking among young adults and to describe their characteristics.

METHODS:

Data were examined from the Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey, a telephone survey of 8821 residents with a sample of 1205 young adults.

RESULTS:

Prevalence was 39% using the adolescent definition and 32% using the adult definition. Nearly 1 in 5 young adult smokers may be considered a "previously unrecognized smoker" who would not have been identified as a cigarette user according to the standard adult definition.

CONCLUSIONS:

Future studies assessing prevalence should use both adolescent and adult measures.

PMID:
20001188
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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