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Article: A comprehensive study of smoking in primary school children in Hong Kong: Implications for prevention

TitleA comprehensive study of smoking in primary school children in Hong Kong: Implications for prevention
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Issue Date1997
PublisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jech.bmjjournals.com/
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Journal Of Epidemiology And Community Health, 1997, v. 51 n. 3, p. 239-245 How to Cite?
AbstractStudy objective - To identify factors associated with smoking behaviour in primary school children in Hong Kong. Design - A cross sectional survey in which both children and parents completed questionnaires. The main outcome measure was the smoking status of the children; and risk factors (knowledge of and attitude to smoking and demographic and socioeconomic background) were identified as predictors of ever/never smoking. Setting and subjects - Altogether 9598 primary school children, aged 8-13 years, and attending 27 schools from two districts in Hong Kong participated. Main results - The prevalence of ever-smoking was 12% (1119)-15% (760) in boys and 7% (359) in girls. It ranged from 3% in 8 year old girls to 52% in 13 year old boys. The factors associated with ever-smoking included the following: being a boy (adjusted odds ratio 2.21; 95% confidence interval 1.89, 2.59), increasing age per year (1.48; 1.40, 1.57), living in Kwai Tsing district (1.29; 1.10, 1.50), having one or more smokers at home (2.07; 1.78, 2.39), and having a father who was not working (1.41; 1.19, 1.67). Children who were ever-smokers had both seen and approved of their friends) smoking (8.79; 5.33, 14.50), had a more positive attitude towards smoking (3.35; 2.21, 5.09), and were more successful in recognising cigarette brand names and logos (1.67; 1.42, 1.96), but they lacked confidence (1.78; 1.32, 2.39). Conclusions - The influences on child smoking are multifactorial and programmes in Hong Kong are failing to curb them. The control of these risk factors must be incorporated in the smoking prevention policy of Hong Kong and supported by future enforced legislation.
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dc.contributor.authorPeters, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHedley, AJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, THen_HK
dc.contributor.authorBetson, CLen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, CMen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-03-23T04:49:09Z-
dc.date.available2007-03-23T04:49:09Z-
dc.date.issued1997en_HK
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dc.description.abstractStudy objective - To identify factors associated with smoking behaviour in primary school children in Hong Kong. Design - A cross sectional survey in which both children and parents completed questionnaires. The main outcome measure was the smoking status of the children; and risk factors (knowledge of and attitude to smoking and demographic and socioeconomic background) were identified as predictors of ever/never smoking. Setting and subjects - Altogether 9598 primary school children, aged 8-13 years, and attending 27 schools from two districts in Hong Kong participated. Main results - The prevalence of ever-smoking was 12% (1119)-15% (760) in boys and 7% (359) in girls. It ranged from 3% in 8 year old girls to 52% in 13 year old boys. The factors associated with ever-smoking included the following: being a boy (adjusted odds ratio 2.21; 95% confidence interval 1.89, 2.59), increasing age per year (1.48; 1.40, 1.57), living in Kwai Tsing district (1.29; 1.10, 1.50), having one or more smokers at home (2.07; 1.78, 2.39), and having a father who was not working (1.41; 1.19, 1.67). Children who were ever-smokers had both seen and approved of their friends) smoking (8.79; 5.33, 14.50), had a more positive attitude towards smoking (3.35; 2.21, 5.09), and were more successful in recognising cigarette brand names and logos (1.67; 1.42, 1.96), but they lacked confidence (1.78; 1.32, 2.39). Conclusions - The influences on child smoking are multifactorial and programmes in Hong Kong are failing to curb them. The control of these risk factors must be incorporated in the smoking prevention policy of Hong Kong and supported by future enforced legislation.en_HK
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dc.subject.meshSmoking - epidemiology - psychologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshHealth knowledge, attitudes, practiceen_HK
dc.subject.meshCross-sectional studiesen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong kong - epidemiologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshSex distributionen_HK
dc.titleA comprehensive study of smoking in primary school children in Hong Kong: Implications for preventionen_HK
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