4008.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - Board 1

Abstract #3370

Patterns and prevalence of spit tobacco use among college athletes- A longitudinal study

Bonnie J. Chakravorty, PhD, MSW, CHES, Program in Community Health, Tufts University, 112 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155, 617-627-5445, bchakr01@emerald.tufts.edu, Arif Ahmed, BDS, MPH, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Robert J. Buchanan, PhD, Health Policy and Management, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M University System.

Previous research has shown that male college athletes exhibit spit tobacco (ST) use rates in excess of the general population. Athletes may also use ST in ways that are unique to their individual sports. The purpose of this study was to assess the current prevalence of and trends in "regular" and daily ST use among NCAA athletes and to examine and compare the patterns of ST use for athletes in four National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sanctioned sports. Results of a four-year, repeat measure survey of 5000 athletes at 56 randomly selected NCAA institutions are presented and suggestions for tailoring ST educational and cessation programming for sports teams are provided.

Learning Objectives: 1. Describe prevalence of spit tobacco use among male college athletes 2. Discuss trends in use by sport 3. Compare patterns of use for members of selected athletic teams 4. Suggest targeted ST educational programs

Keywords: Spit Tobacco, College Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: National Collegiate Athletic Association (endorsed study and cooperated in administration of survey) National Cancer Institute- study funded by grant from NCI
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: This research was sponsored by grant #R01 CA67882-04 from the National Cancer Institute. cooperated in administration of survey.

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA