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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(1), 212-222; doi:10.3390/ijerph9010212
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Secondhand Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Associated Factors among College Students on Campus and in the Home: A Preliminary Study

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 and 2,*
1 Department of Nursing, Suwon Science College, San 9-10, Botong-ri, Jeongnam-myun, Hwaseong City, Geonggi-do 445-742, Korea 2 College of Nursing, Korea University, Anam-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-705, Korea
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 1 December 2011 / Revised: 4 January 2012 / Accepted: 11 January 2012 / Published: 16 January 2012
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Abstract

To explore the prevalence of secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) exposure of college students at two locations, i.e., on campus and in the home, and to identify factors associated with SHS exposure at each location, a preliminary cross-sectional study was conducted on 1754 nonsmoking students from two universities in Korea. In total, 83.1% were exposed to SHS at least once a week on campus or at home; the average SHS exposure was 3.4 times per week. Specifically, 79.7% and 23.5% were exposed to SHS on campus and in the home, respectively. On campus, SHS exposure was significantly more prevalent in freshmen and sophomore students. In the home, SHS exposure was significantly more prevalent among females, those with smokers in their families, and those who rated their health as poor. SHS exposure was common among nonsmoking college students, with more than two-thirds exposed on campus. The prevalence of SHS exposure was greater on campus than in the home; the factors associated with SHS exposure were location-specific.
Keywords: secondhand smoke; tobacco; environmental health; Korea secondhand smoke; tobacco; environmental health; Korea
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Kim, E.-K.; Choo, J. Secondhand Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Associated Factors among College Students on Campus and in the Home: A Preliminary Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 212-222.

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