The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4004.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - Board 1

Abstract #43443

Smoking behavior and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke among pregnant women in Japan: A nationwide survey, 2002

Tomofumi Sone, Department of Public Health Policy, National Institute of Public Health, Japan, 2-3-6 Minami, Wako City, Saitama, 351-0197, Japan, +81-48-458-6111, and Takashi Ohida, Department of Public Health Administration, National Institute of Public Health, Japan, 4-6-1 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-8638, Japan.

Objectives: The smoking rate among women of reproductive age has recently increased in Japan and that in male population is still over 50%. Smoking and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) among pregnant women has been becoming a serious public health problem. This nationwide study identified smoking status, exposure to ETS and attitude towards smoking in pregnant population in Japan. Methods: A questionnaire survey was conducted to pregnant women who wanted delivery at 281 obstetric hospitals in February 2001. These hospitals were unintentionally selected from a nationawide list of research hospitals provided by a professional association. Smoking status before and after the detection of pregnancy, awareness of adverse effects of tobacco smoke on babies, daily exposure to ETS and voluntary actions taken to ETS were confidentially asked to all respondents. In addition, intention to quit was asked to current smokers. Results: The number of respondents is over 10,000. The data from hospitals were currently analyzed. Definite results would be shown at the meeting. Conclusion: This nationwide survey would give us some clear evidences helpful to make policies against smoking and ETS among pregnant women in Japan.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, the audience will be able to

Keywords: Smoking, Pregnancy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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