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Subseries Adolescent Smokers - Smokers, Adolescent Smokers, and Secondhand Smokers in Kanchanaburi Demographic Surveillance System

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TH 2000 Kanchanaburi-Research-Adolescent Smokers


Smokers, Adolescent Smokers, and Secondhand Smokers in Kanchanaburi Demographic Surveillance System


  • 2006-4-1 - 2007-3-31 (Creation)

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Using data from Kanchanaburi Demographic Surveillance System(KDSS), the study aims to(1) describe the pattern of smoking and the influence of demographic and economic factors; (2) find out the familial influences on smoking; (3) analyse the association between smoking and health status; (4) illustrate smoking behavior of the adolescents; (5) explain the situation of secondhand smoke; and (6) indicate the motivation to quit smoking and to omit smoking.
The KDSS maintains by the lnstitute for Population and Social Research, The area covers 100 villages/census blocks in both urban and rural areas. There are 12,462 households with 42,938 population in 2004.
The findings reveal that 56 percent of all study households, at least one household member is currently smoking. Among current smokers, the ratio of male smokers to female is 5 to 1. Therefore, secondhand smokers consist of 50 percent of women and 60 percent of children. The younger children are more risky than the older ones. It is also found that persons in lower economic status household.
For adolescents, more male adolescents are smokers than female ones. The adolescents who live in the smoking households tend to be smoker than the adolescents who stay in smoke free households. The less educated adolescents tend to smoke more than the more educated one. Moreover, the more the adolescents consume alcohol, the more they smoke.
It is also found that most people do not pay so much attention to their health that they consume tobacco and toxic goods. And people tend to quit smoking when they face health problems.

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Chaya Sethaput/Varachai Thongthai

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