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Evaluating environmental tobacco smoke exposure in a group of Turkish primary school students and developing intervention methods for prevention.
BMC Public Health. 2007 Aug 10; 7:202.BP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

In countries like Turkey where smoking is highly prevalent, children's exposure to tobacco smoke is an important public health problem. The goals of this study were to determine the self-reported environmental tobacco smoke exposure status of primary school students in grades 3 to 5, to verify self-reported exposure levels with data provided from a biomarker of exposure, and to develop methods for preventing school children from passive smoking.

METHODS

The study was conducted on 347 primary school students by using a standard questionnaire and urinary cotinine tests. Children with verified ETS exposure were randomly assigned to 2 intervention groups. Two phone interviews were conducted with the parents of the first group regarding their children's passive smoking status and its possible consequences. On the other hand, a brief note concerning urinary cotinine test result was sent to parents of the second group. Nine months after the initial urinary cotinine tests, measurements were repeated in both groups.

RESULTS

According to questionnaire data, 59.9% of the study group (208 of 347) were exposed to ETS. Urinary cotinine measurements of children were highly consistent with the self-reported exposure levels (P < 0.001). Two different intervention methods were applied to parents of the exposed children. Control tests suggested a remarkable reduction in the proportion of those children demonstrating a recent exposure to ETS in both groups. Proportions of children with urinary cotinine concentrations 10 ng/ml or lower were 79.5% in Group I and 74.2% in Group II (P > 0.05).

CONCLUSION

Self-reported ETS exposure was found to be pretty accurate in the 9-11 age group when checked with urinary cotinine tests. Only informing parents that their children' ETS exposure were confirmed by a laboratory test seems to be very promising in preventing children from ETS.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Kahramanmaras, Turkey. h_ekerbicer@yahoo.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17692111

Citation

Ekerbicer, Hasan C., et al. "Evaluating Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure in a Group of Turkish Primary School Students and Developing Intervention Methods for Prevention." BMC Public Health, vol. 7, 2007, p. 202.
Ekerbicer HC, Celik M, Guler E, et al. Evaluating environmental tobacco smoke exposure in a group of Turkish primary school students and developing intervention methods for prevention. BMC Public Health. 2007;7:202.
Ekerbicer, H. C., Celik, M., Guler, E., Davutoglu, M., & Kilinc, M. (2007). Evaluating environmental tobacco smoke exposure in a group of Turkish primary school students and developing intervention methods for prevention. BMC Public Health, 7, 202.
Ekerbicer HC, et al. Evaluating Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure in a Group of Turkish Primary School Students and Developing Intervention Methods for Prevention. BMC Public Health. 2007 Aug 10;7:202. PubMed PMID: 17692111.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Evaluating environmental tobacco smoke exposure in a group of Turkish primary school students and developing intervention methods for prevention. AU - Ekerbicer,Hasan C, AU - Celik,Mustafa, AU - Guler,Ekrem, AU - Davutoglu,Mehmet, AU - Kilinc,Metin, Y1 - 2007/08/10/ PY - 2007/04/25/received PY - 2007/08/10/accepted PY - 2007/8/19/pubmed PY - 2007/12/28/medline PY - 2007/8/19/entrez SP - 202 EP - 202 JF - BMC public health JO - BMC Public Health VL - 7 N2 - BACKGROUND: In countries like Turkey where smoking is highly prevalent, children's exposure to tobacco smoke is an important public health problem. The goals of this study were to determine the self-reported environmental tobacco smoke exposure status of primary school students in grades 3 to 5, to verify self-reported exposure levels with data provided from a biomarker of exposure, and to develop methods for preventing school children from passive smoking. METHODS: The study was conducted on 347 primary school students by using a standard questionnaire and urinary cotinine tests. Children with verified ETS exposure were randomly assigned to 2 intervention groups. Two phone interviews were conducted with the parents of the first group regarding their children's passive smoking status and its possible consequences. On the other hand, a brief note concerning urinary cotinine test result was sent to parents of the second group. Nine months after the initial urinary cotinine tests, measurements were repeated in both groups. RESULTS: According to questionnaire data, 59.9% of the study group (208 of 347) were exposed to ETS. Urinary cotinine measurements of children were highly consistent with the self-reported exposure levels (P < 0.001). Two different intervention methods were applied to parents of the exposed children. Control tests suggested a remarkable reduction in the proportion of those children demonstrating a recent exposure to ETS in both groups. Proportions of children with urinary cotinine concentrations 10 ng/ml or lower were 79.5% in Group I and 74.2% in Group II (P > 0.05). CONCLUSION: Self-reported ETS exposure was found to be pretty accurate in the 9-11 age group when checked with urinary cotinine tests. Only informing parents that their children' ETS exposure were confirmed by a laboratory test seems to be very promising in preventing children from ETS. SN - 1471-2458 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17692111/Evaluating_environmental_tobacco_smoke_exposure_in_a_group_of_Turkish_primary_school_students_and_developing_intervention_methods_for_prevention_ L2 - https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-7-202 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -