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Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 May 15;11:E81. doi: 10.5888/pcd11.130327.

Determinants of exposure to secondhand smoke among Vietnamese adults: California Vietnamese Adult Tobacco Use Survey, 2007-2008.

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Santa Clara County Public Health Department, 976 Lenzen Ave, San Jose, CA 95126. E-mail:
Santa Clara County Public Health Department, San Jose, California.
University of California Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco, California, and Asian American Research Center, San Francisco, California.


Because smoking rates are high among Vietnamese men, we used data from the 2007-2008 California Vietnamese Adult Tobacco Use Survey to estimate secondhand smoke exposure and associated risk factors among Vietnamese nonsmokers. Thirty percent of nonsmokers were exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS) at home, 8% at work, 52% in bars, and 67% on a college campus. At home, odds of SHS exposure were greater for women than for men and for adults aged less than 40 years than for older adults. Odds of SHS exposure were higher for former smokers at work (among employed men) and among men when in bars. Future interventions should consider sex, age, and smoking history in efforts to prevent SHS exposure among Vietnamese adults.

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