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The social environment is most important for not using snus or smoking among adolescents

Aged 17 - 17
Mean age 17

Logistic regression analysis
To identify factors, which were related to being smoke-free and snus-free, respectively, among adolescents in relation to adolescents who were smoking and/or using snus, and determine if there were any sex differences.
SOC Scale
Statistical data

 (n, mean total SOC, mean the three dimensions, SOC division, correlates to other standardized measures, response rate)
Following the salutogenic approach to the study, factors associated with not smoking and not using snus were identified using the χ²-test. Variables included in the model were those with a significant (p < 0.20) bivariate relation to the dependent variable and with low correlation (rs² < 0.20) to each other. All explanatory variables were dichotomized according to their median value. Correlation was analysed using Pearson’s r coefficient. The analyses were performed using a backward procedure, with a step-by-step elimination of non-significant predictor variables, until all remaining variables were significant. All analyses were performed with a sex-specific approach, and the results of the analyses are expressed as Positive Odds Ratio (POR) and 95 % Confidence interval (CI).

Main result
Main results
The prevalence of being smoke- free was 75.6 percent for girls and 70.2 percent for boys, whilst the prevalence of being snus- free was 95.1 percent for girls and 70.2 percent for boys. Having a tobacco-free best friend was the most important factor that correlated with being smoke- and snus-free as an adolescent, for both boys and girls. Good living habits, such as drinking less alcohol, were also central to being smoke-free and snus-free.
Ingrid Edvardsson, Lena Lendahls, Tobias Andersson, Göran Ejlertsson The social environment is most important for not using snus or smoking among adolescents
Vol.4, No.12, 1247-1255 (2012) Health
Inserted: 26.06.2013 11:23:22
Updated: 04.09.2013 12:59:00