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Tobacco use amongst high school students in the Czech Republic.
Cent Eur J Public Health 2004; 12(1):32-5CE

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

We were interested in the prevalence of smoking amongst teen-age students, its possible causes, and their understanding of its associated health risks.

METHODS

We constructed a questionnaire that was responded to by a total of 419 students from 5 high schools in Prague, Czech Republic. Students were classified as non-smokers, mild (1-10 cigarettes daily), moderate (11-20 cigarettes daily), and severe smokers (>20 cigarettes daily). The survey also contained questions about passive smoking, motivation for smoking, the understanding of its associated health risks, alcohol consumption, and drugs.

RESULTS

We found that amongst 16-20 years old high school students there are 37.5% smokers (38.0% men, and 37.0% women). The majority are mild smokers (82.3%), 15.8% moderate smokers and 1.9% heavy smokers. 29.0% of non-smokers reported passive smoking; i.e. that 65.7% of students are exposed to harmful effect of tobacco smoke. The average onset of smoking is at 14 years of age. The youngest smoker started smoking at the age of 5 years. Parents of 52.0% of students smoke (69.4% of smokers and 41.6% of non-smokers). Most of students know about the risk of lung cancer and cardiovascular diseases (86-99%).

CONCLUSIONS

The prevalence of active and passive smoking among high school students is high. Parents smoking is significantly more frequent in teen-age smokers than in non-smokers. We consider the "teen-age" population together with their parents to be the key target for a successful antismoking campaign.

Authors+Show Affiliations

2nd Department of Internal Medicine, The Charles University Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic. golan@atlas.czNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo 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

15068206

Citation

Golan, L, et al. "Tobacco Use Amongst High School Students in the Czech Republic." Central European Journal of Public Health, vol. 12, no. 1, 2004, pp. 32-5.
Golan L, Lubanda JC, Netuka M, et al. Tobacco use amongst high school students in the Czech Republic. Cent Eur J Public Health. 2004;12(1):32-5.
Golan, L., Lubanda, J. C., Netuka, M., Bosanska, L., Lubanda, H., Linhart, A., ... Aschermann, M. (2004). Tobacco use amongst high school students in the Czech Republic. Central European Journal of Public Health, 12(1), pp. 32-5.
Golan L, et al. Tobacco Use Amongst High School Students in the Czech Republic. Cent Eur J Public Health. 2004;12(1):32-5. PubMed PMID: 15068206.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Tobacco use amongst high school students in the Czech Republic. AU - Golan,L, AU - Lubanda,J C, AU - Netuka,M, AU - Bosanska,L, AU - Lubanda,H, AU - Linhart,A, AU - Simek,S, AU - Charalampidi,Ch, AU - Aschermann,M, PY - 2004/4/8/pubmed PY - 2004/4/27/medline PY - 2004/4/8/entrez SP - 32 EP - 5 JF - Central European journal of public health JO - Cent. Eur. J. Public Health VL - 12 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: We were interested in the prevalence of smoking amongst teen-age students, its possible causes, and their understanding of its associated health risks. METHODS: We constructed a questionnaire that was responded to by a total of 419 students from 5 high schools in Prague, Czech Republic. Students were classified as non-smokers, mild (1-10 cigarettes daily), moderate (11-20 cigarettes daily), and severe smokers (>20 cigarettes daily). The survey also contained questions about passive smoking, motivation for smoking, the understanding of its associated health risks, alcohol consumption, and drugs. RESULTS: We found that amongst 16-20 years old high school students there are 37.5% smokers (38.0% men, and 37.0% women). The majority are mild smokers (82.3%), 15.8% moderate smokers and 1.9% heavy smokers. 29.0% of non-smokers reported passive smoking; i.e. that 65.7% of students are exposed to harmful effect of tobacco smoke. The average onset of smoking is at 14 years of age. The youngest smoker started smoking at the age of 5 years. Parents of 52.0% of students smoke (69.4% of smokers and 41.6% of non-smokers). Most of students know about the risk of lung cancer and cardiovascular diseases (86-99%). CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of active and passive smoking among high school students is high. Parents smoking is significantly more frequent in teen-age smokers than in non-smokers. We consider the "teen-age" population together with their parents to be the key target for a successful antismoking campaign. SN - 1210-7778 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15068206/Tobacco_use_amongst_high_school_students_in_the_Czech_Republic_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/smokingandyouth.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -