Changes in Tobacco Use Among Youths Aged 13-15 Years -- Panama, 2002 and 2008

Roa, R.; Franklin-Peroune, R.; Joens, N. R.; Lee, J.; Lea, V.; Goding, A.; Asma, S.; Warren, C. W.
January 2009
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;1/9/2009, Vol. 57 Issue 53, p1416
The article summarizes results from an evaluation of progress toward attaining tobacco control goals in Panama. Panama's Ministry of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and World Health Organization (WHO) compared results from the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) studies conducted in Panama in 2002 and 2008. The study revealed substantial decreases from 2002 to 2008 in youth current cigarette smoking, current use of tobacco products other than cigarettes, and likely initiation of smoking by never smokers.


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