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SANCHEZ-HOIL, Alejandro et al. Tobacco and drugs consumption in students from two universities in Mexico. Rev. biomédica [online]. 2017, vol.28, n.1, pp.11-27. ISSN 2007-8447.


Tobacco consumption is the leading cause of premature preventable death and disease worldwide, as well the drug use and abuse is a serious public health problem and health care high costs. The tobacco and drugs consumption is addressed from the epidemiologic and public health point of view, also the socio-demographic factors influencing addiction to them


Describe the sociodemographic and tobacco and drugs consumption characteristics among college students from Yucatan and Coahuila

Materials and methods

Cross sectional survey that included 412 college students from Yucatan and 344 from Coahuila. Descriptive statistics were used for the numeric variables, frequencies for the qualitative, inferential statistics for the similarities and differences.


The mean of the age was higher for Yucatan students and men predominated, the mean of the tobacco consumers within people from their social network was higher for Coahuila being the differences statistically significant p<0.05, not so for the people from their network regarding to drugs consumption


The tobacco consumption in both states was higher than expected for the region, the active female smokers were above the national mean, the two states were above the national mean regarding to drugs use and Coahuila above the world mean. Joint work is proposed to evaluate the advertising spots broadcast in the media and avoid its incorporation to the market as consumer goods.

Palabras llave : characteristics; tobacco; drugs; consumption profiles; college students.

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