Journal article

Rural smokers A prevention opportunity

Anna Chapman, Stephen Bunker, James Dunbar, Benjamin Philpot, Kevin McNamara, Andrew Baird, Erkki Vartiainen, Tiina Laatikainen, Edward Janus

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Smoking is the largest single cause of preventable death and disease in Australia. This study describes smoking prevalence and the characteristics of rural smokers to guide general practitioners in targeting particular groups. METHODS: Cross sectional surveys in the Greater Green Triangle region of southeast Australia using a random population sample (n=1563, participation rate 48.7%) aged 25-74 years. Smoking information was assessed by a self administered questionnaire. RESULTS: Complete smoking data were available for 1494 participants. Overall age adjusted current smoking prevalence was 14.9% (95% CI: 13.1-16.7). In both genders, current smoking prevalence decreased with age...

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