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Title: Patterns of smoking among adolescents in Malaysia and Thailand: Findings from the International Tobacco Control Southeast Asia Survey
Authors: David Hammond
Foong Kin
Aree Prohmmo
Nipapun Kungskulniti
Tan Y. Lian
Sharad K. Sharma
Buppha Sirirassamee
Ron Borland
Geoffrey T. Fong
University of Waterloo
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Mahidol University
Cancer Council Victoria
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2008
Citation: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. Vol.20, No.3 (2008), 193-203
Abstract: At present, 70% of the world's 1.1 billion smokers are in developing countries, with over 50% in Asia alone. The current study examined patterns of youth smoking in Thailand and Malaysia. Respondents were 2002 youths between the ages of 13 and 17 from Thailand (n = 1000) and Malaysia (n = 1002). Respondents were selected using a multistage cluster sampling design and surveyed between January 2005 and March 2005. Approximately 3% of youth between the ages of 13 and 17 were current smokers, with an additional 10% to 12% reporting experimental smoking. Males were between 7 and 15 times more likely to report smoking behavior than females. Less than 1% of females respondents in either country met the criteria for current smoking, and less than 5% met the criteria for experimental smoking. In contrast, more than 50% Thai males and approximately one-third of Malaysian males aged 17 met the criteria for either experimental or current smoking. © 2008 APJPH.
ISSN: 10105395
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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