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Are private school students more likely to smoke than public school students in China?
Prev Med 2006; 43(2):117-21PM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Tobacco use is prevalent among adolescents in China in general, however, little is known about tobacco use among students in private schools with an enrollment of 1.5 million.

METHOD

In 2001, cross-sectional survey data from 2725 students in grades seven and eight (1307 sampled from private schools and 1418 sampled from public schools) were included. Smoking measures (risk of susceptibility to smoking, smoking onset, ever smoking, smoking in the past 7 days and past 30 days, established smoking) were compared between private and public school students using chi-square test, logistic regression, and survival analysis.

RESULTS

Cigarette smoking was more prevalent among private school students than among public school students (private vs. public: 21.9% vs. 12.3% for susceptibility to smoking, 53.9% vs. 38.2% for ever smoking, 22% vs. 12.0% for 30-day smoking, 15.9% vs. 4.0% for 7-day smoking, 4.5% vs. 1.2% for established smoking). Students in private schools are 3.4 to 3.8 times more likely to smoke than students in public schools after the adjustment of important covariates (gender, grade, peer smoking, parental smoking, and parents' occupation). Risk of smoking onset by age was also greater for private school students than for public school students.

CONCLUSIONS

Being in private schools was associated with three to four times increases in the likelihood of current cigarette smoking and heightened risk of smoking onset by age. Findings from this study suggest the urgent need to collect additional data on risk and protective factors as well as the willingness to participate in effective tobacco use intervention prevention among private school students.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 24 N. Jianghan Road, Wuhan 430022, China. xxzhg@public.wh.hb.cnNo 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, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16675006

Citation

Gong, J, et al. "Are Private School Students More Likely to Smoke Than Public School Students in China?" Preventive Medicine, vol. 43, no. 2, 2006, pp. 117-21.
Gong J, Chen X, Guo Q, et al. Are private school students more likely to smoke than public school students in China? Prev Med. 2006;43(2):117-21.
Gong, J., Chen, X., Guo, Q., Zhou, D., Palmer, P. H., Zhang, D., ... Johnson, C. A. (2006). Are private school students more likely to smoke than public school students in China? Preventive Medicine, 43(2), pp. 117-21.
Gong J, et al. Are Private School Students More Likely to Smoke Than Public School Students in China. Prev Med. 2006;43(2):117-21. PubMed PMID: 16675006.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Are private school students more likely to smoke than public school students in China? AU - Gong,J, AU - Chen,X, AU - Guo,Q, AU - Zhou,D, AU - Palmer,P H, AU - Zhang,D, AU - Liu,C, AU - Xia,J, AU - Johnson,C A, Y1 - 2006/05/03/ PY - 2005/07/14/received PY - 2006/03/04/revised PY - 2006/03/06/accepted PY - 2006/5/6/pubmed PY - 2006/12/9/medline PY - 2006/5/6/entrez SP - 117 EP - 21 JF - Preventive medicine JO - Prev Med VL - 43 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND: Tobacco use is prevalent among adolescents in China in general, however, little is known about tobacco use among students in private schools with an enrollment of 1.5 million. METHOD: In 2001, cross-sectional survey data from 2725 students in grades seven and eight (1307 sampled from private schools and 1418 sampled from public schools) were included. Smoking measures (risk of susceptibility to smoking, smoking onset, ever smoking, smoking in the past 7 days and past 30 days, established smoking) were compared between private and public school students using chi-square test, logistic regression, and survival analysis. RESULTS: Cigarette smoking was more prevalent among private school students than among public school students (private vs. public: 21.9% vs. 12.3% for susceptibility to smoking, 53.9% vs. 38.2% for ever smoking, 22% vs. 12.0% for 30-day smoking, 15.9% vs. 4.0% for 7-day smoking, 4.5% vs. 1.2% for established smoking). Students in private schools are 3.4 to 3.8 times more likely to smoke than students in public schools after the adjustment of important covariates (gender, grade, peer smoking, parental smoking, and parents' occupation). Risk of smoking onset by age was also greater for private school students than for public school students. CONCLUSIONS: Being in private schools was associated with three to four times increases in the likelihood of current cigarette smoking and heightened risk of smoking onset by age. Findings from this study suggest the urgent need to collect additional data on risk and protective factors as well as the willingness to participate in effective tobacco use intervention prevention among private school students. SN - 0091-7435 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16675006/Are_private_school_students_more_likely_to_smoke_than_public_school_students_in_China L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0091-7435(06)00099-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -