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Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 Dec 3;12:E212. doi: 10.5888/pcd12.150155.

Tobacco Smoking in Islands of the Pacific Region, 2001-2013.

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1
Public Health Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, BP D5 98848, Noumea, New Caledonia. Email: tara.kessaram@gmail.com.
2
Public Health Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea, New Caledonia.
3
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Abstract

We provide an overview of tobacco smoking patterns in Pacific island countries and territories to facilitate monitoring progress toward the goal of a Tobacco-Free Pacific by 2025. We examined data from 4 surveys conducted in the region between 2001 and 2013, including the STEPwise approach to surveillance for adults (25-64 years); the Global School-Based Student Health Survey and the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (students 13-15 years); and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (grade 9-12 students) in United States affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs). Adult smoking prevalence ranged from less than 5% of women in Vanuatu to almost 75% of men in Kiribati. Smoking prevalence among students (13-15 years) ranged between 5.6% and 52.1%. There were declines in smoking among youths in many USAPIs. To achieve the tobacco-free goal and reduce disease burden, accelerated action is needed to align national legislation with international agreements and build capacity for tobacco control at all levels.

PMID:
26632953
PMCID:
PMC4675401
DOI:
10.5888/pcd12.150155
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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