Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
BORTOLUZZI, Marcelo Carlos; KEHRIG, Ruth Terezinha; LOGUERCIO, Alessandro Dourado and TRAEBERT, Jefferson Luiz. Prevalence and tobacco user profile in adult population in the South of Brazil (Joaçaba, SC). Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.3, pp. 1953-1959. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232011000300029.
The tobacco consumption has been pointed as an epidemic and the prevention to the smoking habit is indicated as high priority for the public health of the nations. This is an observational cross-sectional study comprising a representative sample of an adult population in a Southern Brazilian city aiming to know the tobacco consumption prevalence and the profile of the smoker. Smokers' prevalence was 17.3% and female subjects were 54.9% of the sample. Smoking occurred predominantly in subjects with age older than 39 years (p<0.001), with less than eight years of education (p<0.001), with moderate and severe scores of depression measured by Beck Depression Inventory (p=0.001) and low familiar income (p=0,029). The district shows high prevalence of smokers which are predominantly subjects older than 39 years, with low income and education. This study also showed an association with moderate or severe depression and the smoking habit.
Keywords : Smoking; Prevalence; Tobacco; Smoking [epidemiology]; Depression.