Alcohol and tobacco use in the Minnesota heart health program

Faryle Nothwehr, Harry A. Lando, Janet Kay Bobo

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Correlations between alcohol intake and cigarette smoking have been extensively documented. Prospective data on the relationship between smoking and alcohol remain quite limited. The Minnesota Heart Health Program (MHHP) collected such data as part of a 10-year research and demonstration project intended to reduce the prevalence of heart disease. The study involved six communities, three that received intervention and three, comparison. The current analyses focused upon baseline relationships and longitudinal changes in alcohol and tobacco use. Contrary to prediction, those who quit smoking were no more likely than continuing smokers to reduce alcohol intake. Furthermore, alcohol intake at baseline did not predict smoking status at follow-up. Gender differences were found in a number of comparisons. Further study is needed of changes in smoking and drinking patterns over time in the general population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-470
Number of pages8
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995

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Funding Information:
The Minnesota Heart Health Program is supported by research grant ROI HL2S523 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Russell Luepker, Principal Investigator. Requests for reprints should be sent to Faryle Nothwehr, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 1420 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029.


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