PREVALENCE OF SMOKING AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN SARAWAK

Juslina, Omar and Leelavathi, Muthupalaniappen and Khairani, Omar and Tuti Iryani, Mohd Daud (2011) PREVALENCE OF SMOKING AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN SARAWAK. Malaysian Family Physician 2011, 6 (2 & 3). pp. 66-67. ISSN 1985-2274

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Abstract

Adolescent smoking is an emerging health concern in the developing countries. A cross-sectional study is conducted to determine the prevalence and smoking behaviour of adolescents in Sarawak. The prevalence of smoking is 32.8% with mean age of initiation at 12.8±1.9 years. Most (67.2%) adolescents are experimental smokers and the majority (67.9%) did not smoke on a daily basis. Branded cigarettes are preferred (83.1%) and the cigarettes are obtained either from friends (49.1%) or self purchased (43.6%). Students prefer to smoke at their friend’s house (31.0%) or at school (25.3%). Smoking prevalence among adolescents in Sarawak is high and begins early. Early intervention on smoking prevention and risk awareness is perhaps more effective if initiated before the age of 12 years.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent smoking, smoking behaviour, secondary school students, Sarawak.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Omar Juslina
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2022 07:48
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2022 07:48
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/39113

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