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Conference Paper: Impact of the smokefree legislation on smoking behavior and attitudes of quitting among fathers with infants under 18-months in Hong Kong: a cross-sectional study
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TitleImpact of the smokefree legislation on smoking behavior and attitudes of quitting among fathers with infants under 18-months in Hong Kong: a cross-sectional study
 
AuthorsChan, SSC
Leung, DYP
Yau, JPL
Leung, AYM
Leung, GM
Emmons, K
Lam, TH
 
KeywordsMedical sciences public health and safety
 
Issue Date2011
 
PublisherBMJ Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jech.bmjjournals.com/
 
CitationThe 19th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology, Edinburgh, Scotland, 7-11 August 2011. In Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2011, v. 65 suppl. 1, p. A97, abstract no. P1-108 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2011.142976d.1
 
AbstractINTRODUCTION: Hong Kong has implemented the Smokefree legislation since January 2007 and smoking is prohibited in vast public and covered areas thereafter. The Smoke free legislation aims to protect people from exposing to SHS and motivating smokers to quit. This study explored the effect of the legislation on the smoking behavior and their attitudes of quitting among fathers of newborn babies. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional survey on families with a smoking father, a non-smoking mother and an infant under 18 months recruited at the Maternal and Child Health Centres from June 2008 to October 2009. Frequencies showed the changes in fathers’ household smoking behaviour and their attitudes of quitting after the legislation. RESULTS: 1112 fathers completed the baseline questionnaire and their mean age was 35.5 (67.0) years and had been smoking for 17.9 (67.2) years. 96% (1054/1097) were aware of the legislation, 27.3% (299/1097) reported they had less SHS exposure and 27% (296/1097) had smoked less at home after the enactment of the legislation. However, the majority of them had no changes in their desire to quit (63.7%, 699/1097), perceived importance of quitting (70.3%, 771/1097), perceived confidence of quitting (73%, 801/1097) and perceived difficulty of quitting (75.6%, 829/1097) compared before the legislation. CONCLUSION: This study showed that some fathers improved their smoking behaviours after the Smokefree legislation but a majority had no change in attitudes towards quitting. The HK government should therefore promote the importance of quitting to the public and allocate more resources to the smoking cessation services.
 
DescriptionPoster Session 1: Epidemiology and policy: P1-108
This journal supplement contains programme and abstracts of the IEA World Congress of Epidemiology 2011
 
ISSN0143-005X
2012 Impact Factor: 3.392
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.342
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2011.142976d.1
 
ISI Accession Number IDWOS:000293901800249
 
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dc.contributor.authorChan, SSC
 
dc.contributor.authorLeung, DYP
 
dc.contributor.authorYau, JPL
 
dc.contributor.authorLeung, AYM
 
dc.contributor.authorLeung, GM
 
dc.contributor.authorEmmons, K
 
dc.contributor.authorLam, TH
 
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-23T05:51:55Z
 
dc.date.available2012-05-23T05:51:55Z
 
dc.date.issued2011
 
dc.description.abstractINTRODUCTION: Hong Kong has implemented the Smokefree legislation since January 2007 and smoking is prohibited in vast public and covered areas thereafter. The Smoke free legislation aims to protect people from exposing to SHS and motivating smokers to quit. This study explored the effect of the legislation on the smoking behavior and their attitudes of quitting among fathers of newborn babies. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional survey on families with a smoking father, a non-smoking mother and an infant under 18 months recruited at the Maternal and Child Health Centres from June 2008 to October 2009. Frequencies showed the changes in fathers’ household smoking behaviour and their attitudes of quitting after the legislation. RESULTS: 1112 fathers completed the baseline questionnaire and their mean age was 35.5 (67.0) years and had been smoking for 17.9 (67.2) years. 96% (1054/1097) were aware of the legislation, 27.3% (299/1097) reported they had less SHS exposure and 27% (296/1097) had smoked less at home after the enactment of the legislation. However, the majority of them had no changes in their desire to quit (63.7%, 699/1097), perceived importance of quitting (70.3%, 771/1097), perceived confidence of quitting (73%, 801/1097) and perceived difficulty of quitting (75.6%, 829/1097) compared before the legislation. CONCLUSION: This study showed that some fathers improved their smoking behaviours after the Smokefree legislation but a majority had no change in attitudes towards quitting. The HK government should therefore promote the importance of quitting to the public and allocate more resources to the smoking cessation services.
 
dc.descriptionPoster Session 1: Epidemiology and policy: P1-108
 
dc.descriptionThis journal supplement contains programme and abstracts of the IEA World Congress of Epidemiology 2011
 
dc.description.otherThe 19th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology, Edinburgh, Scotland, 7-11 August 2011. In Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2011, v. 65 suppl. 1, p. A97, abstract no. P1-108
 
dc.identifier.citationThe 19th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology, Edinburgh, Scotland, 7-11 August 2011. In Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2011, v. 65 suppl. 1, p. A97, abstract no. P1-108 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2011.142976d.1
 
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2011.142976d.1
 
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dc.identifier.isiWOS:000293901800249
 
dc.identifier.issn0143-005X
2012 Impact Factor: 3.392
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.342
 
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dc.publisherBMJ Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jech.bmjjournals.com/
 
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
 
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dc.rightsJournal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Copyright © BMJ Publishing Group.
 
dc.subjectMedical sciences public health and safety
 
dc.titleImpact of the smokefree legislation on smoking behavior and attitudes of quitting among fathers with infants under 18-months in Hong Kong: a cross-sectional study
 
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