Trends and socioeconomic differences in roll-your-own tobacco use: findings from the ITC Europe Surveys

A.K. Brown*, G.E. Nagelhout, B. van den Putte, M.C. Willemsen, U. Mons, R. Guignard, M.E. Thompson

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Objectives To examine if exclusive Roll-Your-Own (RYO) tobacco use relative to factory-made (FM) cigarette use has been rising over time, to determine the extent to which economic motives and perceptions that RYO cigarettes are less harmful act as primary motivations for use, and to examine the association of income and education with the level of RYO tobacco use among smokers in four European countries. Methods Data were obtained from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Europe Surveys, and a cohort sample of 7070 smokers from the Netherlands, Germany, France and UK were interviewed between June 2006 and December 2012. Generalised estimating equations (GEE) were used to assess trends in RYO use, and whether RYO consumption varied by socioeconomic variables. Results Exclusive RYO use over the study period has increased significantly in the UK from 26.4% in 2007 to 32.7% in 2010 (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)iii11-iii16
JournalTobacco Control
Issue numberSuppl 3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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