Tobacco use in South Africans during 1998: the first demographic and health survey

Steyn, Krisela, Bradshaw, Debbie, Norman, Rosana, Laubscher, Ria and Saloojee, Yussuf (2002) Tobacco use in South Africans during 1998: the first demographic and health survey. Journal of Cardiovascular Risk, 9 3: 161-170. doi:10.1097/00043798-200206000-00005

Author Steyn, Krisela
Bradshaw, Debbie
Norman, Rosana
Laubscher, Ria
Saloojee, Yussuf
Title Tobacco use in South Africans during 1998: the first demographic and health survey
Journal name Journal of Cardiovascular Risk   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-6277
Publication date 2002-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/00043798-200206000-00005
Volume 9
Issue 3
Start page 161
End page 170
Total pages 10
Place of publication London
Publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Formatted abstract
To determine smoking patterns in South Africa, and to identify groups requiring culturally appropriate smoking cessation programmes.

A random sample of 13 826 people (> 15 years), was interviewed to identify tobacco use patterns and respiratory symptoms. Peak expiratory flow rates were measured. Multinomial regression analyses identified sociodemographic factors related to tobacco use, and the latter's association with respiratory conditions.

In 1998, 24.6% adults (44.2% of males and 11.0% of females) smoked regularly. Coloured women had a higher rate (39%) than African women (5.4%). About 24% of the regular smokers had attempted to quit, with only 9.9% succeeding. African women (13.2%) used smokeless tobacco more frequently than others. Of the nonsmokers 28% and 19% were exposed to environmental tobacco smoke in their homes and workplaces, respectively. The regression analysis showed that the demographic characteristics of light smokers (1–14 tobacco equivalents per day) and heavy smokers (>= 15 tobacco equivalents per day) differed. Light smoking occurred significantly more frequently in the poorest, least educated and urban people. The relative risk for light smoking was 18 in Coloured women compared with African women. Heavy smoking occurred most frequently in the highest educated group. A dose–response was observed between the amount smoked and the presence of respiratory diseases.

Smoking in South Africa is decreasing and should continue with the recently passed tobacco control legislation. Culturally appropriate tobacco cessation programmes for the identified target groups need to be developed.
Keyword Epidemiology
Smoking rates
Smokeless tobacco
South Africa
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Erratum: Tobacco use in South Africans during 1998: The first demographic and health survey (Journal of Cardiovascular Risk (2002) 9 (161-170))

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