Concurrent Use of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco in Minnesota
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
RG, St. Claire AW, Kinney AM, D’Silva J, Carusi C. Journal of Environmental and
Public Health. Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 493109, 6 pages.
This study examined changes over time in the use of smokeless tobacco (SLT) and
concurrent use of cigarettes and SLT in Minnesota.
Between 1999 and 2007, the prevalence of SLT and concurrent use of cigarettes
and SLT remained unchanged. Between 2007 and 2010, SLT prevalence increased
significantly (3.1% vs. 4.3%). In addition, concurrent use of cigarettes and
SLT increased between 2007 and 2010 from 4.4% to 9.6%. Findings could indicate
that smokers in Minnesota are testing
alternative products as they adjust to recent public policies restricting
smoking in public places, and are suggestive that some Minnesota smokers are switching to
concurrent use of cigarettes and SLT. The authors call for additional
surveillance reports to confirm results.