Points of interest

ITS’ comments to the report SOU 2015:6 on proposals for legislation to implement the EU Directive on Tobacco Products.

Mortality attributable to tobacco among men in Sweden and other European countries: an analysis of data in a WHO report.

Death by regulation: the EU ban on low-risk oral tobacco

Clive Bates makes strong arguments for lifting the EU-ban on smokeless tobacco.

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Swedish tobacco experts in double seats

Doctors help to lobby against snus – and for Pfizer’s drugs

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Cut out the smoke, reduce the risks

VAKT – Habits, attitudes and beliefs regarding tobacco


In 2009 FSI started a prospective web-based study in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research (SIRUS) and the Institute for Tobacco Studies (ITS). The baseline survey consisted of 1016 daily smokers in Sweden and 1000 daily smokers inNorway. In Norwayone follow-up was conducted and in Sweden the participants were followed over a period of two years with a total of three follow-ups.

Sample selection and data collection
The study population consists of daily smokers born in the period 1950 to 1989 (Sweden, N = 1016:Norway, N = 1000). The participants were recruited from Norstat Inc’s web population. In order to avoid selection bias in the sampling process the participants were initially kept unaware that they were recruited to a survey which focused on tobacco use. Those who were identified as daily smokers were asked to participate in a prospective study of their tobacco behaviour. Data collection was done by a web based survey and the participants received approximately 10 SEK ($ 1.30) in compensation for completing each questionnaire.

In order to ascertain the representativity of the sample it was compared with the nationwide representative database Your Country and Your Life (YCYL) with regard to the proportion of men and women, education levels and birth decades in daily smokers of the age groups concerned. Some disparity was observed for the proportion between men and women and for birth decades and the sample was weighted for sex and birth decade.