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Revista Argentina de Salud Pública

versión impresa ISSN 1852-7513versión On-line ISSN 1853-810X


OLAVEGOGEASCOECHEA, Pablo A et al. Epidemiological Characteristics of Tobacco Smoking in Citizens of the Cipolletti City, 2013-2014. Rev. argent. salud pública [online]. 2017, vol.8, n.31, pp.7-12. ISSN 1852-7513.

INTRODUCTION: Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. In Argentina, smoking causes about 40,000 deaths annually, mostly from cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and cancer. The first action proposed by the World Health Organization is monitoring in order to have the necessary information on the evolution of this epidemic. OBJECTIVES: To know the characteristics related to smoking habit in Citizens of Cipolletti City. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out through a previously validated survey. The population was composed by people older than 18 living in Cipolletti for more than 10 years. The analyzed indicators were: current smoker, exposure to secondhand smoke, age at starting smoking and relationship with other risk factors. RESULTS: A total of 57.2% (CI95:54.3-60.1%) of the population admitted having smoked at some point, and 20.2% (CI95: 17.0-23.9%) were current smokers at the time of the study: 22.9% (CI95: 18.9-27.3%) among men and 18.4% (CI95%: 15.5-21.8%) among women. The average age at starting smoking was 17.8±78 years. CONCLUSIONS: A significant difference in terms of current smokers was observed, comparing to historical reports at national, regional and provincial levels. This study provides valuable information to design interventions in the population of the city and probably the region.

Palabras clave : Epidemiology; Prevalence; Tobacco; Exposure to Tobacco; Secondhand Smoke.

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