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Tobacco use among students aged 13-15 years in Greece: the GYTS project.
BMC Public Health 2007; 7:3BP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Data on the prevalence of tobacco use among teenagers in Greece are limited. We examined the prevalence of smoking among middle-school students in Greece using the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS).

METHODS

The Global Youth Tobacco Survey was implemented in Greece during the academic year 2004-2005 by the University of Thessaly and the National School of Public Health. Data were collected using the GYTS self-administered anonymous questionnaire, which was distributed by specifically trained field workers to a nationally representative sample of middle-school students aged 13-15 years (through randomly selected schools and classes), randomly selected through a two-stage cluster sample design. Data processing and statistical analyses were performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

RESULTS

About one third of the students 32.1% (29.4-35.0) reported that they had tried tobacco in the past, while 16.2% (14.3-18.4) reported being current users of tobacco products. In addition, 1 in 4 of ever smokers reported that they began smoking before the age of 10 years old. Almost 1 in 5 never smokers reported being susceptible to initiate smoking in the next year and about 89.8% (88.3-91.1) of the respondents were exposed to environmental tobacco smoke in their homes and 94.1% (93.2-94.9) in public places. Finally, a strikingly high number of students 95% (89.5-97.7) reported that they were able to buy their own cigarettes without restrictions.

CONCLUSION

The results of the GYTS show that the prevalence of smoking in middle-school children is alarmingly high in Greece. Smoking among young people constitutes a significant problem that is destined to worsen in the absence of any comprehensive efforts focused on strict anti-smoking legislation, policies and tobacco control interventions targeting children at a young age.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity, Athens, Greece. Kyrlesi@med.uth.gr <Kyrlesi@med.uth.gr>No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17207291

Citation

Kyrlesi, Athina, et al. "Tobacco Use Among Students Aged 13-15 Years in Greece: the GYTS Project." BMC Public Health, vol. 7, 2007, p. 3.
Kyrlesi A, Soteriades ES, Warren CW, et al. Tobacco use among students aged 13-15 years in Greece: the GYTS project. BMC Public Health. 2007;7:3.
Kyrlesi, A., Soteriades, E. S., Warren, C. W., Kremastinou, J., Papastergiou, P., Jones, N. R., & Hadjichristodoulou, C. (2007). Tobacco use among students aged 13-15 years in Greece: the GYTS project. BMC Public Health, 7, p. 3.
Kyrlesi A, et al. Tobacco Use Among Students Aged 13-15 Years in Greece: the GYTS Project. BMC Public Health. 2007 Jan 8;7:3. PubMed PMID: 17207291.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Tobacco use among students aged 13-15 years in Greece: the GYTS project. AU - Kyrlesi,Athina, AU - Soteriades,Elpidoforos S, AU - Warren,Charles W, AU - Kremastinou,Jeni, AU - Papastergiou,Panagiotis, AU - Jones,Nathan R, AU - Hadjichristodoulou,Christos, Y1 - 2007/01/08/ PY - 2006/07/10/received PY - 2007/01/08/accepted PY - 2007/1/9/pubmed PY - 2007/2/14/medline PY - 2007/1/9/entrez SP - 3 EP - 3 JF - BMC public health JO - BMC Public Health VL - 7 N2 - BACKGROUND: Data on the prevalence of tobacco use among teenagers in Greece are limited. We examined the prevalence of smoking among middle-school students in Greece using the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS). METHODS: The Global Youth Tobacco Survey was implemented in Greece during the academic year 2004-2005 by the University of Thessaly and the National School of Public Health. Data were collected using the GYTS self-administered anonymous questionnaire, which was distributed by specifically trained field workers to a nationally representative sample of middle-school students aged 13-15 years (through randomly selected schools and classes), randomly selected through a two-stage cluster sample design. Data processing and statistical analyses were performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). RESULTS: About one third of the students 32.1% (29.4-35.0) reported that they had tried tobacco in the past, while 16.2% (14.3-18.4) reported being current users of tobacco products. In addition, 1 in 4 of ever smokers reported that they began smoking before the age of 10 years old. Almost 1 in 5 never smokers reported being susceptible to initiate smoking in the next year and about 89.8% (88.3-91.1) of the respondents were exposed to environmental tobacco smoke in their homes and 94.1% (93.2-94.9) in public places. Finally, a strikingly high number of students 95% (89.5-97.7) reported that they were able to buy their own cigarettes without restrictions. CONCLUSION: The results of the GYTS show that the prevalence of smoking in middle-school children is alarmingly high in Greece. Smoking among young people constitutes a significant problem that is destined to worsen in the absence of any comprehensive efforts focused on strict anti-smoking legislation, policies and tobacco control interventions targeting children at a young age. SN - 1471-2458 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17207291/Tobacco_use_among_students_aged_13_15_years_in_Greece:_the_GYTS_project_ L2 - https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-7-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -