Smoking habits of eight- and ninth-grade schoolchildren in Halland County, Sweden

  • A. Baigi
  • T. Melin
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Most adult smoking habits have already been adopted before the age of 20. There is a very rapid increase in the numbers of new smokers among senior-school students— that is to say, grades 7–9 of the Swedish school system. In grade 7, although at least half of the students, both boys and girls, have experimented with smoking, habitual (daily) smoking is still rare. Two years later, however, by the age of 16, not only are many ninth graders regular smokers, but many of the remainder is occasional smokers, at risk of lasting nicotine dependence.


Smoking Habit Nicotine Dependence Smoking Prevalence Eighth Grade Ninth Grader 
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  1. Baigi, A. (1993) H‰lsoprofiler i Halland 1982–91, FolkhÂlsosektion, Landstinget Halland 1991 [Health profiles in Halland County] (in Swedish)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Baigi
    • 1
  • T. Melin
    • 2
  1. 1.Research and Development UnitHalland County CouncilSweden
  2. 2.School Health ServicesHalmstad, Halland CountySweden

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