In 2016, a series of selective tobacco regulations, which did not affect tobacco price, came into force in Italy. To understand how Italians accepted the new norms, we analyzed data from our 2 most recent surveys among those we annually conduct on tobacco.
In 2015 and 2016, we conducted 2 representative cross-sectional studies focused on the new forthcoming tobacco legislation on a total sample of 6,046 Italians aged ≥15 years.
Overall, 21.4% of Italians (26.0% of men and 17.2% of women) were current smokers, showing a small but significant decrease in smoking prevalence since 2007 (p for trend = 0.004). No change in smoking prevalence was observed over the last decade among the young (i.e., 15-24 years; 20.1% in 2015-2016). Roll-your-own cigarettes were the most frequent tobacco product for 8.3% of adult smokers and 19.7% of young smokers. According to the attitudes of Italians towards the new regulations, 91.3% supported the smoking ban in cars in presence of minors, 90.2% a more stringent enforcement of the tobacco sales-to-minors regulation, 74.3% the introduction of shocking pictorial images on tobacco packs, and 63.2% the removal from the market of small cigarette packs, usually purchased by the young.
Smoking prevalence only marginally decreased over the last decade among adults, but did not decrease among the young. Roll-your-own tobacco is increasingly used by adults and young people. Before the entrance of the new norms, Italians largely supported them, particularly those targeting children.
Tumori 2017; 103(4): 353 - 359
Article Type: ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
AuthorsAlessandra Lugo, Piergiorgio Zuccaro, Roberta Pacifici, Giuseppe Gorini, Paolo Colombo, Carlo La Vecchia, Silvano Gallus
- • Accepted on 21/04/2017
- • Available online on 26/05/2017
- • Published in print on 31/07/2017
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- Lugo, Alessandra [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1, * Corresponding Author (email@example.com)
- Zuccaro, Piergiorgio [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 2, †
- Pacifici, Roberta [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 2
- Gorini, Giuseppe [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 3
- Colombo, Paolo [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 4
- La Vecchia, Carlo [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 5
- Gallus, Silvano [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, IRCCS-Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri,” Milan - Italy
Department of Therapeutic Research and Medicines Evaluation, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome - Italy
Unit of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (ISPO), Florence - Italy
Istituto DOXA, Worldwide Independent Network/Gallup International Association (WIN/GIA), Milan - Italy
Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan - Italy
Deceased. This work is dedicated to Piergiorgio’s memory and all his work for tobacco control.