Journal article

Patterns of Smoking Among Adolescents in Malaysia and Thailand: Findings From the International Tobacco Control Southeast Asia Survey

David Hammond, Foong Kin, Aree Prohmmo, Nipapun Kungskulniti, Tan Y Lian, Sharad K Sharma, Buppha Sirirassamee, Ron Borland, Geoffrey T Fong

Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2008


At present, 70% of the world's 1.1 billion smokers are in developing countries, with over 50% in Asia alone. The current study examined patterns of youth smoking in Thailand and Malaysia. Respondents were 2002 youths between the ages of 13 and 17 from Thailand (n = 1000) and Malaysia (n = 1002). Respondents were selected using a multistage cluster sampling design and surveyed between January 2005 and March 2005. Approximately 3% of youth between the ages of 13 and 17 were current smokers, with an additional 10% to 12% reporting experimental smoking. Males were between 7 and 15 times more likely to report smoking behavior than females. Less than 1% of females respondents in either country met..

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Awarded by US National Cancer Institute/NIH

Funding Acknowledgements

The research was funded by grants from the US National Cancer Institute/NIH (from the Roswell Park Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center [TTURC], P50 CA111236, and from R01 CA100362), the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Malaysian Ministry of Health, and the Centre for Behavioral Research and Program Evaluation of the National Cancer Institute of Canada/Canadian Cancer Society.