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Cent Eur J Public Health. 2017;25(Supplement 1):S42-S46.
DOI: 10.21101/cejph.a5100. PubMed PMID: 28752747
https://doi.org/10.21101/cejph.a5100


Trends in Tobacco Smoking among Czech School-aged Children from 1994 to 2014

Ferdinand Salonna1, Ladislav Kážmér2,3, Ladislav Csémy2, Jana Vašíčková1, Anne Hublet4, Christiane Stock5

1Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic
2Centre of Epidemiological and Clinical Research of Drug Abuse and Dependence, National Institute of Mental Health, Klecany, Czech Republic
3Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
4Unit Health Promotion, Department of Public Health, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
5Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark

Summary
Objectives: The aim of the article is to examine trends in tobacco consumption among the Czech school-age population. Methods: For the analysis, data from the Czech Health Behaviour in School-aged Children project, conducted between 1994 and 2014 were used. Trends in tobacco smoking were determined separately for boys and girls, applying the binary logistic regression with survey period as an independent variable for the smoking status. Results: The analysis showed that there have been significant changes in adolescent tobacco smoking for the recent 20 years. While the share of current school-aged smokers was continuously increasing since the mid-1990s, the trend reached its peak in the mid-2000s. Conclusion: In recent years, the prevalence of adolescent smokers has significantly declined in the Czech Republic. Despite this recent decline, adolescent smoking remains a major challenge for the national health policy.

Keywords: tobacco smoking, adolescents, prevalence, trends

Address for correspondence: F. Salonna, Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University Olomouc, třída Míru 111, 771 11 Olomouc, Czech Republic. E-mail: ferdinand.salonna@upol.cz

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