Tobacco use among Swedish schoolchildren
- 1Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
- 2Department of Medicine, University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden
- 3Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Correspondence to: Dr Brad Rodu 529 S. Jackson Street, University of Louisville, Louisville KY 41202, USA;
- Received 2 February 2005
- Accepted 2 July 2005
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.
Competing interests: None of the authors has any financial or other personal conflict of interest with regard to the sponsor or other commercial interests.