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Tumori. 2017 Jul 31;103(4):353-359. doi: 10.5301/tj.5000644. Epub 2017 May 26.

Smoking in Italy in 2015-2016: prevalence, trends, roll-your-own cigarettes, and attitudes towards incoming regulations.

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1
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, IRCCS-Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche "Mario Negri," Milan - Italy.
2
Department of Therapeutic Research and Medicines Evaluation, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome - Italy.
3
Deceased. This work is dedicated to Piergiorgio's memory and all his work for tobacco control.
4
Unit of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (ISPO), Florence - Italy.
5
Istituto DOXA, Worldwide Independent Network/Gallup International Association (WIN/GIA), Milan - Italy.
6
Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan - Italy.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

In 2016, a series of selective tobacco regulations, which did not affect tobacco price, came into force in Italy. To understand how Italians accepted the new norms, we analyzed data from our 2 most recent surveys among those we annually conduct on tobacco.

METHODS:

In 2015 and 2016, we conducted 2 representative cross-sectional studies focused on the new forthcoming tobacco legislation on a total sample of 6,046 Italians aged ≥15 years.

RESULTS:

Overall, 21.4% of Italians (26.0% of men and 17.2% of women) were current smokers, showing a small but significant decrease in smoking prevalence since 2007 (p for trend = 0.004). No change in smoking prevalence was observed over the last decade among the young (i.e., 15-24 years; 20.1% in 2015-2016). Roll-your-own cigarettes were the most frequent tobacco product for 8.3% of adult smokers and 19.7% of young smokers. According to the attitudes of Italians towards the new regulations, 91.3% supported the smoking ban in cars in presence of minors, 90.2% a more stringent enforcement of the tobacco sales-to-minors regulation, 74.3% the introduction of shocking pictorial images on tobacco packs, and 63.2% the removal from the market of small cigarette packs, usually purchased by the young.

CONCLUSIONS:

Smoking prevalence only marginally decreased over the last decade among adults, but did not decrease among the young. Roll-your-own tobacco is increasingly used by adults and young people. Before the entrance of the new norms, Italians largely supported them, particularly those targeting children.

PMID:
28574129
DOI:
10.5301/tj.5000644
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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