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Tobacco dependence and its relation to certain variables in an urban basic health area

Tobacco dependence and its relation to certain variables in an urban basic health area

Atencion Primaria 12(7): 411-414

ISSN/ISBN: 0212-6567

PMID: 8297972

The prevalence of habitual tobacco use in our area and its relationship to other epidemiological variables. A highly structured interview was given to a random sample from the area in order to make a descriptive study of smokers' characteristics. Beforehand there had been: a pre-interview, training of the interviewers, reliability. The Arturo Eyries Base Health Area in Valladolid. A random sample of 246 people over 14, extracted from a sampling background numbering 14,200. Items related to tobacco addiction and included in the interview. 43.9% +/- 5 of our population smoked, consuming an average of 16.4 +/- 10 (mean +/- SD) cigarettes per day. The average starting age was 17.2 +/- 5.4, with males starting earlier. The highest percentage of smokers was found in the 30-39 age group, where female smokers exceeded female non-smokers. The typical smoker's profile is that of a married middle-aged man or woman, of average education and able to work. We obtained a section of the population at risk, clearly defined for health purposes.

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