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Prevalence of cigarette and smokeless tobacco use among students in rural Oregon.
Fam Med 1995; 27(2):122-5FM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Although smoking and smokeless tobacco use are recognized as major problems among school-age youth, few studies report on tobacco use in rural areas, especially remote rural areas.

METHODS

A self-report questionnaire was administered to all junior and senior high school students from a frontier rural community.

RESULTS

A total of 393 students completed the questionnaire. Of the 393, 39% had tried chewing tobacco at least once. High school males were the heaviest users, and more than 50% of those males who had ever chewed were still current users (33% of the town's high school males). Seven percent of the town's high school females used chewing tobacco, one of the country's highest reported rates of use at the time of this study. In addition, 39% of all the students had also smoked cigarettes. High school females reported the highest prevalence of ever having smoked (52%) and also had the highest prevalence of current smoking (13.5%). The number of students who had ever tried any form of tobacco use and the number who were current users were significantly higher in the high school than the junior high school. More than half of the students who smoked or chewed reported having close friends who also use tobacco products.

CONCLUSION

The high rate of female smokers and male chewers in senior high is consistent with other studies. The rate of female chewing tobacco use is unusually high. Isolated rural communities have significant adolescent tobacco abuse, and prevention and treatment strategies need to be developed for this special population.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, USA.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

7737445

Citation

Salehi, S O., and N C. Elder. "Prevalence of Cigarette and Smokeless Tobacco Use Among Students in Rural Oregon." Family Medicine, vol. 27, no. 2, 1995, pp. 122-5.
Salehi SO, Elder NC. Prevalence of cigarette and smokeless tobacco use among students in rural Oregon. Fam Med. 1995;27(2):122-5.
Salehi, S. O., & Elder, N. C. (1995). Prevalence of cigarette and smokeless tobacco use among students in rural Oregon. Family Medicine, 27(2), pp. 122-5.
Salehi SO, Elder NC. Prevalence of Cigarette and Smokeless Tobacco Use Among Students in Rural Oregon. Fam Med. 1995;27(2):122-5. PubMed PMID: 7737445.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prevalence of cigarette and smokeless tobacco use among students in rural Oregon. AU - Salehi,S O, AU - Elder,N C, PY - 1995/2/1/pubmed PY - 1995/2/1/medline PY - 1995/2/1/entrez SP - 122 EP - 5 JF - Family medicine JO - Fam Med VL - 27 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND: Although smoking and smokeless tobacco use are recognized as major problems among school-age youth, few studies report on tobacco use in rural areas, especially remote rural areas. METHODS: A self-report questionnaire was administered to all junior and senior high school students from a frontier rural community. RESULTS: A total of 393 students completed the questionnaire. Of the 393, 39% had tried chewing tobacco at least once. High school males were the heaviest users, and more than 50% of those males who had ever chewed were still current users (33% of the town's high school males). Seven percent of the town's high school females used chewing tobacco, one of the country's highest reported rates of use at the time of this study. In addition, 39% of all the students had also smoked cigarettes. High school females reported the highest prevalence of ever having smoked (52%) and also had the highest prevalence of current smoking (13.5%). The number of students who had ever tried any form of tobacco use and the number who were current users were significantly higher in the high school than the junior high school. More than half of the students who smoked or chewed reported having close friends who also use tobacco products. CONCLUSION: The high rate of female smokers and male chewers in senior high is consistent with other studies. The rate of female chewing tobacco use is unusually high. Isolated rural communities have significant adolescent tobacco abuse, and prevention and treatment strategies need to be developed for this special population. SN - 0742-3225 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/7737445/Prevalence_of_cigarette_and_smokeless_tobacco_use_among_students_in_rural_Oregon_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/smokingandyouth.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -