Cigarette smoking and the infl uencing factors among adolescents in a secondary school in Malaysia

L. P. Santhna, Z. Khalid, S. Selamat, S. E. Ho, S. Mat

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    Abstract

    Background: Smoking has always been a huge problem in Malaysia and its surrounding nations. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of cigarette smoking and to identify the infl uencing factors associated with smoking habits among adolescents. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out on 226 respondents, using a questionnaire which had 4 sections: socio-demographic data, personal information, family information and social information. Data was analyzed using SPSS® version 16. For categorical variables, comparisons were made using Chi-square and for numerical variables a t-test was performed. Results: The current smoker prevalence rate was 20.8% which showed a signifi cant association between smoking and individual factors: level of knowledge on the effects of smoking (p<0.05), signifi cant association was seen between smoking and marital status of parents, smoking status of male siblings and various other aspects of the individuals themselves. Conclusions: Concerted efforts involving various parties should be taken to curb or prevent this problem or the number of teenage smokers in the country will increase. This in the long run will invite problems to the well being of the adolescents themselves, their families, community and the nation as a whole.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)507-512
    Number of pages6
    JournalClinica Terapeutica
    Volume164
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Malaysia
    Smoking
    Marital Status
    Child Welfare
    Habits
    Siblings
    Cross-Sectional Studies
    Parents
    Demography

    Keywords

    • Adolescence
    • Cigarette smoking
    • Influencing factors
    • Secondary school

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    • Medicine(all)

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    Cigarette smoking and the infl uencing factors among adolescents in a secondary school in Malaysia. / Santhna, L. P.; Khalid, Z.; Selamat, S.; Ho, S. E.; Mat, S.

    In: Clinica Terapeutica, Vol. 164, No. 6, 2013, p. 507-512.

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    Santhna, L. P. ; Khalid, Z. ; Selamat, S. ; Ho, S. E. ; Mat, S. / Cigarette smoking and the infl uencing factors among adolescents in a secondary school in Malaysia. In: Clinica Terapeutica. 2013 ; Vol. 164, No. 6. pp. 507-512.
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