Pacific northwest native American youth and smokeless tobacco use

Int J Addict. 1987 Sep;22(9):881-4. doi: 10.3109/10826088709027466.


This study examined snuff and chewing tobacco use among Alaska Native and American Indian adolescents. Results show frequent and early use of smokeless tobacco products. Almost one fifth of all females and close to one half of all males had used snuff or chewing tobacco on more than 20 occasions. Weekly smokeless tobacco use was reported by 34% of all females and by 42.6% of all males. By product type, 32.6% of all subjects had used snuff and 27.8% had chewed tobacco in the past week. Among females, over one half of all subjects had used snuff or chewing tobacco before age 10 years. Among males, nearly one half of the subjects first used smokeless tobacco prior to 8 years of age. Few subjects had used cigarettes or other smoked tobacco products.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alaska
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American / psychology*
  • Inuits / psychology*
  • Male
  • Plants, Toxic*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Tobacco*
  • Tobacco, Smokeless*
  • Washington