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Smoking susceptibility among non-smoking school-going adolescents in Malaysia: findings from a national school-based survey


Smoking susceptibility among non-smoking school-going adolescents in Malaysia: findings from a national school-based survey



Bmj Open 9(10): E031164



ISSN/ISBN: 2044-6055

PMID: 31662384

DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031164

The identification of susceptible non-smoking adolescents is an essential step in reducing smoking initiation among adolescents. The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence and factors associated with smoking susceptibility among non-smoking school-going adolescents in Malaysia. Cross-sectional study. Primary and secondary schools in Malaysia. 11 246 non-smoking school-going adolescents. The prevalence and factors associated with smoking susceptibility among non-smoking school-going adolescents in Malaysia. Approximately 14% of non-smokers were susceptible to smoking, and the prevalence of susceptibility was significantly higher among males, ever-smokers and e-cigarette users. The odds of susceptibility to smoking were higher among males, e-cigarette users, those aged 12 years and under and those who had ever smoked or tried cigarettes. Students from schools with educational programmes on the health effects of second-hand smoke (SHS) and who perceived smoking to be harmful were less likely to be susceptible to smoking. Smoking susceptibility is prevalent among school-going adolescents. A comprehensive approach that enhances or reinforces health education programmes on the adverse health effects of smoking and SHS among school children, that considers multiple factors and that involves all stakeholders is urgently needed to reduce the prevalence of smoking susceptibility among vulnerable subgroups, as identified from the present findings.

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