Aim: To assess tobacco use and some characteristics of tobacco users (including electronic cigarette users) relevant to cardiovascular disease in a representative population sample of the city of Brno. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of cardiovascular risk factors was conducted using the methodology of the Czech post-MONICA Study, in the city of Brno, Czech Republic in 2013. This preliminary report of the first 965 randomly selected volunteers (including 512 women) aged 25-64, focuses on tobacco use, its prevalence in different subgroups as well as on the attitudes towards smoke-free policies. Results: This preliminary analysis involves 965 individuals with a mean age of 47.3 ± 11.40 years. The prevalence of smoking was 26.7%, with daily tobacco use 23.3%, less than once daily 3.4%; 19.9% of the sample are ex-smokers. A total of 34.0% of the survey population reported exposure to passive smoking. Electronic cigarette use was observed in 3.5% of respondents, more common in men (5.1%) than in women (2.1%; p = 0.020). Concomitant use of electronic cigarettes and smoking was observed in 2.07% of the population. Conclusion: The prevalence of tobacco use in the productive-age population of Brno City district is 26.70%, still a high figure.
- Cross-sectional survey
- Czech Republic
- Electronic cigarette
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine