242680 National survey of tobacco use among college students in Taiwan

Monday, October 31, 2011

Yibee Huang , Taiwan International Medical Alliance, Taipei, Taiwan
Christy Pu , Institute of Hospital and Health Care Administration, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Chieh-Yu Liu, PhD , Department of Nursing, National Taipei College of Nursing, Taipei, Taiwan
Song-Lih Huang, Professor , Institute of Public Health, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
A nationwide survey was conducted to assess the smoking behavior among college students in Taiwan. Stratified cluster sampling was used to select 12 colleges based on location and educational system (general vs. vocational). Probability proportional to size method was used to sample 5 departments in each college; all students in the first and third grade were targeted. An overall completion rate of 88.2% was achieved, and 5,403 self-administered questionnaires were completed. The weighted prevalence of ever-tried smoking, smoking within 30-day, current smoking (30-day plus >100 cigarettes in lifetime), and 30-day use of other tobacco products were 43.5%, 16.4%, 12.7%, and 3.9% in males and 20.9%, 3.7%, 1.9%, and 0.7% in females. The 30-day smoking rates among individual colleges ranged from 3.8% to 28.7% in males and 1.9% to 11.1% in females; the rates were generally inversely related to academic admission requirements of individual college. Among the 30-day smokers,49.9% of female and 23.8% of male students smoked in less than 10 days; 77.9% of female and 52.9% of male students smoked ≤5 cigarettes per day. In multivariate analysis, current smoking was positively associated with male, third grade, vocational colleges, parent smoking, underestimating health risk of smoking, overestimating adult smoking rate, and peer smoking.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice

Learning Objectives:
1. List the characteristics of smoking behavior among college students 2. Identify the personal and environmental factors associated with college student smoking in Taiwan

Keywords: Smoking, Survey

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I helped in designing this investigation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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