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Exposure to teachers smoking and adolescent smoking behaviour: analysis of cross sectional data from Denmark.
Tob Control. 2002 Sep; 11(3):246-51.TC

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To determine whether adolescent smoking behaviour is associated with their perceived exposure to teachers or other pupils smoking at school, after adjustment for exposure to smoking at home, in school, and best friends smoking.

DESIGN

Logistic regression analysis of cross sectional data from students in Denmark.

SUBJECTS

1515 grade 9 students (mean age 15.8) from 90 classes in 48 Danish schools.

OUTCOME MEASURE

Self reported smoking behaviour; daily smoking and heavy smoking, defined as those smoking more than 20 cigarettes per week.

RESULTS

Of the students in this study, 62% of boys and 60% of girls reported being exposed to teachers smoking outdoors on the school premises. The proportion of boys and girls reporting to have been exposed to teachers smoking inside the school building were 86% and 88%, respectively. Furthermore, 91% of boys and 92% of girls reported that they had seen other students smoking outdoors on the school premises. Adolescents' perceived exposure to teachers smoking outdoors on the school premises was significantly associated with daily smoking, having adjusted for sex, exposure to teachers smoking indoors at school and pupils smoking outdoors at school, as well as the smoking behaviour of mother, father, and best friend (odds ratio (OR) 1.8, 95% confidence interval 1.2 to 2.8). Adolescents' perceived exposure to teachers smoking inside the school building was not associated with daily smoking (OR 0.9, 95% CI 0.5 to 1.6) and perceived exposure to pupils smoking outdoors was not associated with daily smoking (adjusted OR 1.5, 95% CI 0.5 to 4.4). There were similar findings with heavy smoking as the outcome variable.

CONCLUSIONS

Teachers smoking during school hours is associated with adolescent smoking. This finding has implications for future tobacco prevention strategies in schools in many countries with liberal smoking policies where it might provide support for those working to establish smokefree schools.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Social Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Institute of Public Health, Copenhagen, Denmark. l.hentze@socmed.ku.dkNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12198278

Citation

Poulsen, L H., et al. "Exposure to Teachers Smoking and Adolescent Smoking Behaviour: Analysis of Cross Sectional Data From Denmark." Tobacco Control, vol. 11, no. 3, 2002, pp. 246-51.
Poulsen LH, Osler M, Roberts C, et al. Exposure to teachers smoking and adolescent smoking behaviour: analysis of cross sectional data from Denmark. Tob Control. 2002;11(3):246-51.
Poulsen, L. H., Osler, M., Roberts, C., Due, P., Damsgaard, M. T., & Holstein, B. E. (2002). Exposure to teachers smoking and adolescent smoking behaviour: analysis of cross sectional data from Denmark. Tobacco Control, 11(3), 246-51.
Poulsen LH, et al. Exposure to Teachers Smoking and Adolescent Smoking Behaviour: Analysis of Cross Sectional Data From Denmark. Tob Control. 2002;11(3):246-51. PubMed PMID: 12198278.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Exposure to teachers smoking and adolescent smoking behaviour: analysis of cross sectional data from Denmark. AU - Poulsen,L H, AU - Osler,M, AU - Roberts,C, AU - Due,P, AU - Damsgaard,M T, AU - Holstein,B E, PY - 2002/8/29/pubmed PY - 2002/11/26/medline PY - 2002/8/29/entrez SP - 246 EP - 51 JF - Tobacco control JO - Tob Control VL - 11 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To determine whether adolescent smoking behaviour is associated with their perceived exposure to teachers or other pupils smoking at school, after adjustment for exposure to smoking at home, in school, and best friends smoking. DESIGN: Logistic regression analysis of cross sectional data from students in Denmark. SUBJECTS: 1515 grade 9 students (mean age 15.8) from 90 classes in 48 Danish schools. OUTCOME MEASURE: Self reported smoking behaviour; daily smoking and heavy smoking, defined as those smoking more than 20 cigarettes per week. RESULTS: Of the students in this study, 62% of boys and 60% of girls reported being exposed to teachers smoking outdoors on the school premises. The proportion of boys and girls reporting to have been exposed to teachers smoking inside the school building were 86% and 88%, respectively. Furthermore, 91% of boys and 92% of girls reported that they had seen other students smoking outdoors on the school premises. Adolescents' perceived exposure to teachers smoking outdoors on the school premises was significantly associated with daily smoking, having adjusted for sex, exposure to teachers smoking indoors at school and pupils smoking outdoors at school, as well as the smoking behaviour of mother, father, and best friend (odds ratio (OR) 1.8, 95% confidence interval 1.2 to 2.8). Adolescents' perceived exposure to teachers smoking inside the school building was not associated with daily smoking (OR 0.9, 95% CI 0.5 to 1.6) and perceived exposure to pupils smoking outdoors was not associated with daily smoking (adjusted OR 1.5, 95% CI 0.5 to 4.4). There were similar findings with heavy smoking as the outcome variable. CONCLUSIONS: Teachers smoking during school hours is associated with adolescent smoking. This finding has implications for future tobacco prevention strategies in schools in many countries with liberal smoking policies where it might provide support for those working to establish smokefree schools. SN - 0964-4563 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12198278/Exposure_to_teachers_smoking_and_adolescent_smoking_behaviour:_analysis_of_cross_sectional_data_from_Denmark_ L2 - http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=12198278 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -