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Gaceta Sanitaria

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Abstract

TARRAZO, Marina et al. Changes in tobacco consumption: boom of roll-your-own cigarettes and emergence of e-cigarettes. Gac Sanit [online]. 2017, vol.31, n.3, pp.204-209. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2016.06.002.

Objective:

To assess changes in smoking prevalence and study roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco and e-cigarette use in the Galician population between 2007 and 2015.

Methods:

Data were obtained from five independent, cross-sectional studies carried out in Galicia (Spain) between 2007-2015 in the population aged 16 and over (n = 8,000/year). Prevalence of use was estimated, with 95% confidence intervals, overall, according to sex and by age group, area of residence and level of education.

Results:

Smoking prevalence decreased from 25.4% in 2007 to 21.8% in 2015. In 2007, 1.8% of current smokers declared that they had smoked RYO tobacco, compared to 18.6% in 2015. Among smokers, RYO tobacco consumption increased across all demographic groups. In both 2014 and 2015, ever use of e-cigarettes was 0.7%. E-cigarette use was more frequent in urban settings.

Conclusion:

Smoking prevalence decreased in Galicia between 2007 and 2015, and there has been rapid growth in the prevalence of RYO tobacco use. Although smokers are more likely to use e-cigarettes, both former and never smokers declared their use. The boom of RYO cigarettes and the emergence of e-cigarettes highlight the importance of having continuous surveillance systems to identify smoking behavioural changes.

Keywords : Prevalence; Cross-sectional study; Epidemiology; Electronic cigarettes; Tobacco products.

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