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Students’ Perceptions On Tobacco Free School: An Analytic Cross Sectional Study PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 08:55

Rahman M, Ahmad SA, Karim J, AzharA, Rafidah D


Participation and adherence to the law and cultivation of anti-tobacco culture became the important issues for reducing the tobacco use prevalence in the community. Measuring the perception of tobacco policy indirectly measures the acceptability of the law.  This study aims to determine the perception of students on anti-tobacco policy in terms of tobacco free school environment and factors that support or deter them.  A two-stage cluster sampling technique was used for selection of schools with probability proportional to enrolment size followed by stratified random sampling of government and private schools. Data were collected from 6563 secondary school students using structured questionnaire. Analysis showed that 66.2% of the female students and 33.8% of the male student have strong supportive attitude towards tobacco free school environment. Logistic regression analysis revealed that class grade IX and above, father’s occupation as service, family size less than 6, higher economic status, non smoker, non exposure to second hand smoking in the house and discussion of dangers of smoking appeared to have important influencing factors for tobacco free school environment (p<0.05). Comprehensive anti tobacco education should be intensified to the school through inclusion of curriculum content on tobacco related issues, interactive programme with teachers, students and parents.

Keywords: Bangladesh, secondary school students, second hand smoking, smoking free school.

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