Patterns of smoking among adolescents in Malaysia and Thailand: findings from the International Tobacco Control Southeast Asia survey

Authors Hammond D, Kin F, Prohmmo A, Kungskulniti N, Lian TY, Sharma SK, Sirirassamee B, Borland R, Fong GT.
Date May 30, 2008
Publication Link Asia Pac J Public Health. 2008;20(3):193-203.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19124313
Research Category Disparities
Country Malaysia, Thailand
Citation Hammond, D., Kin, F., Prohmmo, A., Kungskulniti, N., Lian, T. Y., Sharma, S. K., et al. (2008).
Patterns of smoking among adolescents in Malaysia and Thailand: Findings from the
International Tobacco Control Southeast Asia Survey. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public
Health, 20(3), 193-203. Retrieved July 27, 2010, from
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19124313
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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.

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