Age at smoking initiation and self-rated health among second grade high school boys and girls in Scania, Sweden, a cross-sectional study.

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Smoking is usually initiated early in life and most adult regular smokers have started smoking before 18 years of age. A younger age at smoking initiation is associated with risk taking behaviours and worse health outcomes regarding psychological and somatic conditions, suggested to be caused by exposure during critical developmental periods. The present study aims to investigate self-rated health among second grade high school boys and girls related to age at smoking initiation (<14 years of age and ≥ 14 years of age) among current and former smokers, compared to never smokers.

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  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Original languageEnglish
Article number1143
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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