Patterns of adult tobacco use in Uzbekistan.

Usmanova, G; Neumark, Y; Baras, M; McKee, M; (2012) Patterns of adult tobacco use in Uzbekistan. European journal of public health, 22 (5). pp. 704-7. ISSN 1101-1262 DOI:

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BACKGROUND: Little is known about the prevalence of tobacco use in Uzbekistan, a country targeted intensively by the international tobacco industry.<br/> METHODS: A national household survey elicited information about cigarette smoking and nasway use (a form of smokeless tobacco).<br/> RESULTS: Prevalence of past-month smoking and nasway use among men (N?=?1795) was 19.6% and 22.3%, respectively, and 1.6% and 0.5% among women (N?=?1831). Among men, smoking was independently associated with Uzbek ethnicity, urban residence, age and occupation; nasway use was associated with rural residence, age, being married and occupation.<br/> CONCLUSIONS: The smoking rate in Uzbekistan remains low relative to neighbouring countries, perhaps due to widespread use of cheaper nasway. These findings establish a baseline for future surveys and highlight the importance of smokeless tobacco in assessing overall consumption.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
Research Centre: ECOHOST - The Centre for Health and Social Change
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 21908387
Web of Science ID: 309465400024


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