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Concurrent Use of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco in Minnesota

Wednesday, May 16, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Boyle 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.

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