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Smokeless Tobacco Use and Religiousness
Howard University College of Medicine, 1112 Nora Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20904, USA
W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute, 1012 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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Received: 3 November 2008; Accepted: 7 January 2009 / Published: 12 January 2009
Abstract: Although smoking shows a strong negative association with religiousness, no studies have appeared of use of smokeless tobacco (ST) and religiousness. To assess an association of use of ST and religiousness, data from 9,374 men aged 17 years and over with complete data on self-reported frequency of attendance at religious services and use of smokeless tobacco were analyzed. Among men aged 17-29 years, 4.9% of frequent attenders (>=24 times/y) and 9.4% of others (<24 times/y) were current users of ST (p=0.002). After adjusting for multiple confounders by logistic regression, infrequent attenders were twice as likely as frequent attenders to be ST users: odds ratio 2.09, 95% confidence limits 1.12-3.92, p=0.02. This negative association suggests a protective effect of early-life religiousness on ST use, which might be taken into account in planning ST prevention efforts.
Keywords: Smokeless tobacco; religion; spirituality; smoking
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Gillum, F.; Obisesan, T.O.; Jarrett, N.C. Smokeless Tobacco Use and Religiousness. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 225-231.
Gillum F, Obisesan TO, Jarrett NC. Smokeless Tobacco Use and Religiousness. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(1):225-231.
Gillum, Frank; Obisesan, Thomas O.; Jarrett, Nicole C. 2009. "Smokeless Tobacco Use and Religiousness." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 1: 225-231.