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PLoS One. 2013 Aug 22;8(8):e73048. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0073048. eCollection 2013.

Smoking experimentation among elementary school students in China: influences from peers, families, and the school environment.

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Department of Global Health, School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia, USA. Chenghuang@gwu.edu

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate experimentation with smoking among primary school students in China. Data were acquired from a recent survey of 4,073 students in grades 4 to 6 (ages 9-12) in 11 primary schools of Ningbo City. The questions were adapted from the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS). Results suggest that although the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) encourages smoke-free schools, experimentation with cigarettes remains a serious problem among primary school students in China. Peers, family members, and the school environment play important roles in influencing smoking experimentation among students. Having a friend who smoked, seeing a family member smoke, and observing a teacher smoking on campus predicted a higher risk of experimentation with smoking; the exposure to anti-tobacco materials at school predicted a lower risk of experimentation with smoking. The evidence suggests that public health practitioners and policymakers should seek to ensure the implementation of smoke-free policies and that intervention should target young people, families, and communities to curb the commencement of smoking among children and adolescents in China.

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23991172
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PMC3750020
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10.1371/journal.pone.0073048
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