Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
VILLALOBOS, Aremis and ROJAS, Rosalba. Tobacco smoke in Mexico: results from the National Health Surveys 2000 and 2006. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2007, vol.49, suppl.2, pp. s147-s154. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342007000800005.
OBJECTIVE: To analyze tobacco consumption in teenagers and adults based on the National Health Surveys 2000 and 2006. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Tobacco consumption information is presented at national level, from questionnaires answered by teenagers and adults. Statistical analysis consisted in general and specific prevalences and intervals obtained at 95% confidence. RESULTS: 9.7% (95% CI: 8.9-10.6) teenagers stated that they have smoked at least 100 cigarettes during their life, in 2000, and 7.6% (95% CI: 7.0-8.2) in 2006. Prevalences in adults in 2000 and 2006 were: 12.9% (95% CI: 11.8 a 14.1) and 13.3% (95% CI: 12.8 a 13.8) in daily smokers and 9.4% (95% CI: 8.9 a 9.9) and 5.6% (95% CI: 5.3 a 6.0) in occasionally smokers. CONCLUSION: Results from this study show a decrement in tobacco consumption in occasionally smokers. Nevertheless, keep doing specific studies about this issue, including the use of international definitions, is necessary.
Keywords : tobacco smoke prevalence; ENSA 2000; ENSANUT 2006; Mexico.