The authors explored the use, demographics, knowledge, and the impact of a statewide smoking ban on smokeless tobacco use among college students. Participants and Methods: During spring of 2008, 417 students enrolled at a Midwestern state university completed a 12-item survey. Results: Twenty-two percent of males in this sample have recently used smokeless tobacco. Participants had a mean knowledge score of 7.8, constructed from nine items on the survey. Non-users scored higher (p<.001) than users and females scored higher (p<.001) than males. Users (N=34) did not demonstrate a significant difference (p=.71) in use after the implementation of a statewide smoking ban. Conclusions:Knowledge does not appear to be the only factor influencing the use of smokeless tobacco. Additional research is needed to investigate other factors including the impact of a statewide smoking ban on smokeless tobacco use.
Monson AL, Beaulieu JA. Smokeless Tobacco Use and Knowledge among University Students. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2011 Jan 01;9(1), Article 9.