Smokeless tobacco product consumption strategies among students: pilot study

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Although smokeless tobacco (snus) sales are prohibited in Latvia, there are young people who are using them daily. Snus is sold as sachets in small containers. During last year a new form of sachets were available in Latvian selling markets- nicotine sachets. New forms of tobacco raise an interest in young adults and become more and more attractive and easier to get. There is no information about consumption strategies in smokeless tobacco from users - where they place the product, how much it costs, how many sachets they are using etc. An online survey (51 questions) was made about tobacco consumption strategies among students. They were asked to answer questions about their oral care habits, tobacco consumption frequency, costs, storage options and reasons why, when and how they are using them. An online survey is still in the process. At the moment 31 respondents have completed the survey. 51% of students use some form of tobacco products. 32% of participants are using snus, but 13% - nicotine sachets. 42% of smokeless tobacco users use 5 sachets per day, but 58% use 5-10 sachets per day. 66 % of smokeless tobacco users reuse tobacco sachets. 33% use more than 1 sachet at a time. 33% are using it during the night. 25% use sachets during their training or sports activities. Only 6% place smokeless tobacco in the refrigerator. Smokeless tobacco is frequently used among students. Few snus users know that product should be placed in the refrigerator. It is possible to think that incorrect storage could have an impact on tobacco specific nitrosamines. Results give us thinking about harmful effects on oral health especially if the product is used during the night when salivary flow is reduced. Sachets could stimulate training performance and may possibly affect results.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2021
EventRSU Research week 2021: Knowledge for Use in Practice - Rīga, Latvia
Duration: 24 Mar 202126 Mar 2021


ConferenceRSU Research week 2021: Knowledge for Use in Practice
Abbreviated titleRW2021
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Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)


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