Cohort profile: The Nicotine Dependence In Teens (NDIT) study
O’Loughlin, Jennifer; Dugas, Erika, N.; Brunet, Jennifer; DiFranza, Joseph; Engert, James C.; Karp, Igor; Low, Nancy C.; Sabiston, Catherine; Sylvestre, Marie-Pierre; Tyndale, Rachel F.
Abstract: The Nicotine Dependence in Teens (NDIT) study is a prospective cohort investigation of 1294 students recruited in 1999-2000 from all grade 7 classes in a convenience sample of ten high schools in Montreal, Canada. Its primary objectives were to study the natural course and determinants of cigarette smoking and nicotine dependence in novice smokers. The main source of data was self-report questionnaires administered in class at school every three months from grade 7 to 11 (1999-2005), for a total of 20 survey cycles during high school. Questionnaires were also completed after graduation from high school in 2007-8 and 2011-12 (survey cycles 21 and 22, respectively) when participants were age 20 and 24 years on average. In addition to its primary objectives, NDIT has embedded studies on obesity, blood pressure, physical activity, team sports, sedentary behaviour, diet, genetics, alcohol use, use of illicit drugs, second hand smoke, gambling, sleep and mental health. Results to date are described in 58 publications, 20 manuscripts in preparation, 13 MSc and PhD theses, and 111 conference presentations. Access to NDIT data is open to university-appointed or affiliated investigators and to Masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students, through their primary supervisor (www.nditstudy.ca).
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