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ERIC Number: EJ1060275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
Assessment of Secondhand Smoke Exposure at School among U.S. Middle and High School Students
Olufajo, Olubode Ademola; Agaku, Israel Terungwa
Journal of School Nursing, v31 n3 p212-218 Jun 2015
To obtain nationally representative estimates of the prevalence of secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure at U.S. schools, we assessed the prevalence and correlates of SHS exposure at school among U.S. middle and high school students using data from the 2011 National Youth Tobacco Survey comprising of 18,866 students spread across all the U.S. states. Overall prevalence of SHS exposure at school was 25.7% (95% CI: [23.6%, 27.8%]). Multivariate logistic regression indicated that having =1 smoker friends (adjusted Odds Ratio [aOR] = 2.92; p < 0.001); being a smoker (aOR = 2.75; p < 0.001); and being aged 13-16 years, or =17 years (vs. 9-12 years) significantly increased the likelihood of SHS exposure. Understanding the health risks of SHS exposure alone did not seem to play a significant role in reducing exposure (aOR = 0.89; p = 0.342). These findings show there are significant levels of SHS exposure among students at U.S. middle and high schools, and sustained multipronged efforts are needed to reduce youth SHS exposure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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Language: English
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