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Use and acquisition of nicotine replacement therapy products among underaged adolescents after deregulation of the sales.
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PMID:  20622024     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
INTRODUCTION: Limited information is available on the use and acquisition of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products in minors after deregulation of the sales. In Finland, deregulation releasing the NRT products for general sale took place in 2006. The sale is prohibited to those under the age of 18 years. We examine underaged adolescents' use, acquisition, and awareness of NRT products after the deregulation. METHODS: Nationwide mailed survey of 12- to 18-year olds (N = 5,840, response rate 61%) was conducted in 2007. The main outcomes were ever use of NRT, acquisition of NRT products in different locations (retail outlet, family member, friend, health care personnel, and pharmacy), and awareness of NRT. Eighteen-year olds were analyzed as a comparison group as they were at legal age to buy the products. RESULTS: Among 14-year olds, 2% of boys and 2% of girls had used NRT. The corresponding figures for 16-year olds were 7% and 5%, respectively, and for 18-year olds 10% and 8%, respectively. Few 12-year olds had used NRT. Over a quarter of 12-year-old girls and 15% of boys did not know what NRT products were. Awareness increased with age. Of 12- to 16-year-old NRT users, 79% were daily smokers, 10% had smoked >50 but not daily, 10% had smoked <50, and 2% were never-smokers. The underaged NRT users acquired the products mainly not only from friends (42%) but also from retail outlets (13%). CONCLUSIONS: One year after deregulation, NRT use among minors is uncommon. Also misuse seems rare. NRT products are sold to minors from retail outlets despite sales ban. However, the underaged NRT users acquired the products mainly from friends.
Susanna U Rainio; Heini S A Huhtala; Arja H Rimpelä
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-07-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1469-994X     ISO Abbreviation:  Nicotine Tob. Res.     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815751     Medline TA:  Nicotine Tob Res     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  870-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Public Health, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.
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