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Tob Control 14:405-408 doi:10.1136/tc.2005.011429
  • Research paper

Tobacco use among Swedish schoolchildren

  1. B Rodu1,
  2. S Nasic2,
  3. P Cole3
  1. 1Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
  2. 2Department of Medicine, University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden
  3. 3Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Brad Rodu
 529 S. Jackson Street, University of Louisville, Louisville KY 41202, USA; brad.rodu{at}louisville.edu
  • Received 2 February 2005
  • Accepted 2 July 2005

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.

Footnotes

  • Competing interests: None of the authors has any financial or other personal conflict of interest with regard to the sponsor or other commercial interests.

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