ERIC Number: ED365492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Smokeless Tobacco Consumption by Mexican-American University Students.
Lopez, Linda C.
A modified version of the Illinois Department of Public Health Tobacco Use Survey was used to assess smokeless tobacco consumption among students attending a state university in New Mexico. Respondents included 65 male and 83 female Mexican-Americans, as well as 59 male and 118 female Anglo-Americans. Ages ranged from 16 to 67; subgroup median ages were 23-25. Among Anglo-American female respondents, only three used chewing tobacco and one used snuff. No Mexican-American female used either form of smokeless tobacco. For males, use of smokeless tobacco was significantly greater among Anglo-Americans than among Mexican-Americans. Ten percent of Anglo males used chewing tobacco only, 8 percent used snuff only, and 15 percent used both. Seven percent of Hispanic males used chewing tobacco only, 3 percent used snuff only, and 7 percent used both. Both groups began using smokeless tobacco at an average age of 12-14 years. Over 90 percent of both groups believed that smokeless tobacco causes cancer. The results are compared to those of other studies of smokeless tobacco consumption among college and high school students. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Western New Mexico Univ., Silver City.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chewing Tobacco; New Mexico; Smokeless Tobacco
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Arizona Educational Research Organization (Tucson, AZ, November 4-5, 1993).