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Is there a relation between school smoking policies and youth cigarette smoking knowledge and behaviors?
Health Educ Res. 2006 Feb; 21(1):108-15.HE

Abstract

To comply with workplace legislation, New Zealand schools are required to have policies regarding tobacco smoking. Many schools also have policies to prevent tobacco use by students, including education programmes, cessation support and punishment for students found smoking. This paper investigated the associations between school policies and the prevalence of students' cigarette smoking. Furthermore, we investigated the association between school policy and students' tobacco purchasing behavior, knowledge of health effects from tobacco use and likelihood of influencing others not to smoke. Data were obtained from a self-report survey administered to 2,658 New Zealand secondary school students and staff from 63 schools selected using a multi-stage sampling procedure. Components of school policy were not significantly associated with smoking outcomes, health knowledge or health behavior, and weakly related to a punishment emphasis and students advising others to not smoke. Similarly, weak associations were found between not advising others to not smoke and policies with a punishment emphasis as well as smoke-free environments. The results suggest that having a school tobacco policy was unrelated to the prevalence of tobacco use among students, tobacco purchasing behavior and knowledge of the negative health effects of tobacco.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Social and Behavioural Research in Cancer Group, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. helen.darling@stonebow.otago.ac.nzNo 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

16037118

Citation

Darling, Helen, et al. "Is There a Relation Between School Smoking Policies and Youth Cigarette Smoking Knowledge and Behaviors?" Health Education Research, vol. 21, no. 1, 2006, pp. 108-15.
Darling H, Reeder AI, Williams S, et al. Is there a relation between school smoking policies and youth cigarette smoking knowledge and behaviors? Health Educ Res. 2006;21(1):108-15.
Darling, H., Reeder, A. I., Williams, S., & McGee, R. (2006). Is there a relation between school smoking policies and youth cigarette smoking knowledge and behaviors? Health Education Research, 21(1), 108-15.
Darling H, et al. Is There a Relation Between School Smoking Policies and Youth Cigarette Smoking Knowledge and Behaviors. Health Educ Res. 2006;21(1):108-15. PubMed PMID: 16037118.
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