Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
PLoS One. 2013 May 8;8(5):e64322. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064322. Print 2013.

Secondhand smoke exposure and health services use among adolescent current smokers.

Author information

1
School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To investigate the associations of secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure with medical consultation and hospitalisation among adolescents in Hong Kong.

METHODS:

A total of 35827 secondary 1 (US grade 7) to secondary 5 students from 85 randomly selected schools completed an anonymous questionnaire on smoking, SHS at home, SHS outside home, medical consultation in the past 14 days, hospitalisation in the past 12 months, and socio-demographic characteristics. Current smoking was defined as any smoking in the past 30 days. SHS exposure was classified as none (reference), 1-4 and 5-7 days/week. Logistic regression yielded adjusted odds ratios (AORs) for medical consultation and hospitalisation in relation to SHS exposure at home and outside home in current smokers. Analyses were also done among never-smokers for comparison.

RESULTS:

Among all students, 15.9% had medical consultation and 5.2% had been hospitalised. Any SHS exposure at home was associated with AORs (95% CI) for medical consultation and hospitalisation of 1.69 (1.14-2.51) and 2.85 (1.47-5.52) in current smokers, and 1.03 (0.91-1.15) and 1.25 (1.02-1.54) in never-smokers, respectively, (P<0.01 for interaction between smoking status and SHS exposure at home). SHS exposure outside home was generally not associated with medical consultation and hospitalisation in smokers and never-smokers.

CONCLUSIONS:

SHS exposure at home was associated with health services use among adolescent current smokers. Adolescent smokers should be aware of the harm of SHS in addition to that from their own smoking. The evidence helps health care professionals to advise adolescent smokers to avoid SHS exposure and stop smoking.

PMID:
23667706
PMCID:
PMC3648531
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0064322
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Public Library of Science Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Support Center