The course of early smoking: a population-based cohort study over three years.

@article{Patton1998TheCO,
  title={The course of early smoking: a population-based cohort study over three years.},
  author={George C. Patton and John B Carlin and Carolyn Coffey and RobertR. Wolfe and M E Hibbert and G. Thad Bowes},
  journal={Addiction},
  year={1998},
  volume={93 8},
  pages={
          1251-60
        }
}
AIMS To examine the uptake and course of smoking in a representative adolescent cohort. DESIGN Six-wave cohort study. PARTICIPANTS Secondary school students initially aged 14-15 years at 44 schools in the state of Victoria, Australia. MEASUREMENTS Computerized questionnaire including 7-day retrospective recall for tobacco use. FINDINGS Prevalence rates for smoking in the past month rose from 25% to 31% and daily smoking 9% to 18% across the 3-year follow-up. Forty-five per cent of the… CONTINUE READING
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