Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure among adolescents in an Ethiopian school

  • Sabit Abazinab Ababulgu | sabitabazinab85@gmail.com Jimma Town Administration Health Office, Jimma, Ethiopia.
  • Nebiyu Dereje Department of Epidemiology, Wachamo University, Hosaina, Ethiopia.
  • Abiot Girma Department of Epidemiology, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia.

Abstract

Tobacco use is responsible for 6 million deaths globally per year, of which 600,000 deaths are due to secondhand smoke (SHS) mainly among women and children. This study aims to determine the prevalence of SHS exposure among school-going adolescents and highlights the essential determinants in developing successful strategies to prevent adverse health effects in Ethiopia. The analysis is based on a school based cross sectional study where 1673 students with 98.2% of response rate from grade 9-12, aged 13-19 were included. Data was collected by a self-administered questionnaire that is adapted from the global youth tobacco survey questionnaire. Proportions and 95% confidence intervals were obtained as estimates of prevalence. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were made using logistic regression on SPSS version 20.0 software in order to predict factors associated with SHS exposure. About 17% of adolescents were exposed to tobacco smoke in their home, whereas more than half (60.8%) of adolescents were exposed to tobacco smoke in public places. In multivariate analysis, sex, parent smoking, peer smoking, and absence of discussion in the classroom about dangers of smoking were seen significantly associated with SHS exposure. The prevalence of SHS exposure among adolescents in Ethiopia is highest. Moreover, exposure to SHS in public places is much higher than at home.

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Author Biography

Sabit Abazinab Ababulgu, Jimma Town Administration Health Office, Jimma
MPH (Health Services Management)
Published
2016-05-30
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CTCA, center for Tobacco Control in Africa, Jimma University
Keywords:
Secondhand smoke, Tobacco use, Adolescent, Ethiopia
Statistics
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How to Cite
Ababulgu, S. A., Dereje, N., & Girma, A. (2016). Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure among adolescents in an Ethiopian school. Healthcare in Low-Resource Settings, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/hls.2016.5584