Tabaquismo y salud mental

Translated title of the contribution: Tobacco smoking and mental health

Graciela Rojas C*, Jorge Gaete O, Isabel González R, Marcela Ortega A, Alicia Figueroa M, Rosemarie Fritsch M, Ricardo Araya B

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Background: Smoking continues to be one of the most important health burdens worldwide. Aim: To describe smoking habits and associated risk factors in the population of Santiago, Chile. Material and methods: A cross sectional study of a representative sample of the population, from 16 to 64 years old, residents of Santiago, Chile (total population: 3,237,286). A structured interview that included questions about use of tobacco, the CIS-R interviews, used for common mental disorders, were applied. Results: From the sample of 4,693 households, 3,870 people were interviewed (52.2% women, 47.8% men) and 10% refused. Forty percent of the population currently smoked (52.5% men, 47.8% women). «Being a current smoker» was associated with being younger than 55, male sex, and having a common mental disorder. Discussion: Smoking is highly prevalent in Chile, as compared with developed countries and with some developing countries. Gender differences in use of tobacco have decreased. A higher risk of smoking for people with mental disorders is confirmed.

Translated title of the contributionTobacco smoking and mental health
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)873-880
Number of pages8
JournalRevista Medica de Chile
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2003


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