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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(10), 1095; doi:10.3390/ijerph14101095

Involuntary Smoking in Adolescents, Their Awareness of Its Harmfulness, and Attitudes towards Smoking in the Presence of Non-Smokers

Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Medical University of Lodz, 90-647 Lodz, Poland
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Received: 13 July 2017 / Revised: 9 September 2017 / Accepted: 20 September 2017 / Published: 21 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
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The aim of the study was to examine involuntary smoking among young people, their awareness of its harmfulness and the factors associated with attitudes towards smoking in the presence of non-smokers. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 3552 students from a socially disadvantaged rural area in central Poland. Almost 40% of the participants were exposed to involuntary smoking at home and 60% outside of home on a daily or almost daily basis. More than 80% of the students felt that smoking should be banned around children at home, 59% thought it should be banned in vehicles, and 41% in the presence of non-smokers. The majority of the students were aware of the health consequences of active smoking, and 69% understood the threats of passive smoking. Females, never-smokers and current non-smokers, as well as those without smoking parents were more likely to claim that smoking should be banned at home and in vehicles (p < 0.05). Those aware of the fact that smoking was harmful to health, who discussed those issues with their parents and teachers, and who saw school tobacco control policies, were more likely to maintain that passive smoking should be banned (p < 0.05). The study results highlight the need for programs and policies to eliminate involuntary smoking among young people. View Full-Text
Keywords: youth; adolescents; involuntary smoking; passive smoking; prevalence; beliefs and attitudes towards exposure; tobacco control; public health youth; adolescents; involuntary smoking; passive smoking; prevalence; beliefs and attitudes towards exposure; tobacco control; public health
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Kaleta, D.; Polanska, K.; Wojtysiak, P.; Szatko, F. Involuntary Smoking in Adolescents, Their Awareness of Its Harmfulness, and Attitudes towards Smoking in the Presence of Non-Smokers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1095.

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