Journal article

Malaysian and Thai smokers' beliefs about the harmfulness of 'light' and menthol cigarettes

B King, H-H Yong, R Borland, M Omar, AA Ahmad, B Sirirassamee, S Hamann, RJ O'Connor, M Bansal-Travers, T Elton-Marshall, WB Lee, D Hammond, J Thrasher

Tobacco Control | B M J PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2010

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study explored the extent to which Malaysian and Thai smokers believe "light" and menthol cigarettes are less harmful than "regular" cigarettes and the correlates of these beliefs. METHODS: The study used data from wave 1 of the International Tobacco Control Southeast Asia Survey. 2006 adult smokers (95.3% male) from Malaysia and 2000 adult smokers (94.5% male) from Thailand were interviewed face to face in 2005. RESULTS: 29% of Malaysian respondents reported currently smoking light cigarettes and 14% menthols, with 19% agreeing that lights are less harmful and 16% agreeing that menthols are less harmful. 38% of Thai respondents reported currently smoking light cigarettes and..

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Awarded by National Cancer Institute of the United States


Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Funding Acknowledgements

The ITC-SEA Project is supported by multiple grants including R01 CA 100362 and P50 CA111236 (Roswell Park Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center) and also in part from grant P01 CA138389 (Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York), all funded by the National Cancer Institute of the United States, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (79551), Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, and the Malaysian Ministry of Health.