Can population-based tobacco-control policies change smoking behaviors of adolescents from all socio-economic groups? Findings from Australia: 1987-2005.
Victoria M White, Jane Hayman, David J Hill
Cancer Causes Control | Published : 2008
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether socio-economic status (SES) was associated with changes in smoking prevalence among Australian adolescents during three phases of tobacco-control activity between 1987 and 2005. METHODS: Triennial cross-sectional national studies of representative random samples of secondary students aged 12-17 years have been conducted since 1987. Numbers range from 19,203 in 1987 to 29,853 in 1996. Self-report anonymous surveys assessed cigarette use in the past month, week (current), and on at least three of the previous seven days (committed). Students' residential postcode was collected and the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) associated with each postco..View full abstract