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Titolo:
SMOKING AMONG MALE TEENAGERS IN DHAKA, BANGLADESH
Autore:
AHSAN H; UNDERWOOD P; ATKINSON D;
Indirizzi:
COLUMBIA SCH PUBL HLTH,DIV EPIDEMIOL,PH-18,600 W 168TH ST NEW YORK NY10032 UNIV WESTERN AUSTRALIA,FREMANTLE HOSP,DEPT GEN PRACTICE,COMMUNITY HLTH RES & TRAINING UNIT FREMANTLE WA 6160 AUSTRALIA
Titolo Testata:
Preventive medicine
fascicolo: 1, volume: 27, anno: 1998,
pagine: 70 - 76
SICI:
0091-7435(1998)27:1<70:SAMTID>2.0.ZU;2-D
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
CIGARETTE-SMOKING; TOBACCO CONSUMPTION; MEDICAL-STUDENTS; COUNTRIES; ATTITUDES; CHILDREN; HEALTH; ONSET;
Keywords:
SMOKING; BANGLADESH; TEENAGERS;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Science Citation Index Expanded
Science Citation Index Expanded
Citazioni:
48
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Citazione:
H. Ahsan et al., "SMOKING AMONG MALE TEENAGERS IN DHAKA, BANGLADESH", Preventive medicine, 27(1), 1998, pp. 70-76

Abstract

Background Smoking is now recognized as a major public health problemin the developing world. Despite this, there is a dearth of relevant data on smoking prevalence and on the characteristics and attitudes ofsmokers: in particular, studies are lacking among teenagers and youngadults, the group in which the habit frequently beans, The present study addresses this issue by examining the smoking patterns of a sampleof teenagers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, during 1991, Methods. The study investigated smoking behavior and attitudes among two groups of male teenagers: the first consisted of 555 students, ages 12-20 years, selected from two metropolitan high schools; the second, chosen to provide a broad comparison group from a different socioeconomic stratum, contained 112 males of similar age residing in an urban slum. Data were collected largely by interview supplemented by some direct observation and relevant secondary data. Results. The results showed that 29% of the students and 68% of the slum dwellers said they were regular smokers, In addition, the slum youths smoked substantially more and had smoked for longer than the students, While the study suggests both groups of smokers had been influenced to take up smoking by the smoking behavior of peers and parents, peers were more important for the students. Advertising may also have been a important influence on students since smokers in this group could better identify tobacco advertisements compared with their nonsmoking peers, No significant association was found between respondents' knowledge of the health risks of smoking and theiractual smoking behavior, Conclusions. This study demonstrates that inBangladesh, smoking is very common among middle-class male teenagers and even more prevalent among youths from nearby slums. Clearly, localand national programs that draw on relevant knowledge from other countries, but are appropriate to Bangladesh, need to be developed to tackle a major epidemic. (C) 1998 Academic Press.

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