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Trends in smoking initiation in Canada: Does non-inclusion of young adults in tobacco control strategies represent a missed opportunity?

TitleTrends in smoking initiation in Canada: Does non-inclusion of young adults in tobacco control strategies represent a missed opportunity?
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsGagné, T., and Veenstra G.
JournalCanadian Journal of Public Health
Volume108
Pages14 - 20
Keywordscanada, smoking, socioeconomic factors, young adult
Abstract

{OBJECTIVES: Young adults face high prevalence rates for smoking. Recent evidence suggests that many people initiate smoking during young adulthood, but little is currently known about trends in initiation rates for this age group. METHODS: We examined rates of initiation to first cigarette (FC) and daily smoking (DS) during youth (5-17 years) and young adulthood (18-25 years) using nationally representative data from the 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 cycles of the Canadian Community Health Survey. We included all participants aged 25-26 to obtain seven mutually exclusive retrospective cohorts (n = 16 216). We used logistic regression to examine four correlates of smoking - sex, education, poverty status, and immigration status - and whether these factors modify time trends in smoking. RESULTS: We found that initiation rates decreased during youth (p

URLhttps://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/5839
DOI10.17269/cjph.108.5839
Document URLhttps://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/5839/3563