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Tobacco use, beliefs and risk awareness in university students from 24 low, middle and emerging economy countries

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dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-04 en
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-09T15:26:29Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-09T15:26:29Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2090
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of tobacco use, beliefs and risk awareness and psychosocial correlates of tobacco use among university students in 24 low, middle and emerging economy countries. Using anonymous questionnaires, data were collected from 16953 undergraduate university students (mean age 20.9, SD=2.9) from 25 universities in 24 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas. Results indicate that overall 13.3% of the university students were current tobacco users, 22.4% for men and 6.6% for women, ranging from 3.8% in Singapore to 32.5% in Cameroon. The risk awareness of the smoking lung cancer link was 83.6%, while the risk awareness of the smoking heart disease link was 46.5%. Multivariate logistic regression found that older age, male gender, having a wealthy family background, living in a low income country, residing off campus on their own, poor beliefs in the importance not to smoke, awareness of the smoking heart disease link, hit by a sexual partner, depressive symptoms, and substance use (binge drinking and illicit drug use) were associated with current tobacco use. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject TOBACCO INDUSTRY en
dc.subject TOBACCO USE en
dc.subject SMOKING en
dc.subject UNIVERSITY STUDENTS en
dc.title Tobacco use, beliefs and risk awareness in university students from 24 low, middle and emerging economy countries en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 15 en
dc.BudgetYear 2014/15 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8499 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=15560 en
dc.PageNumber 10033-38 en
dc.outputnumber 7260 en
dc.bibliographictitle Peltzer, K. & Pengpid, S. (2014) Tobacco use, beliefs and risk awareness in university students from 24 low, middle and emerging economy countries. <i>Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention</i>. 15:10033-38. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2090 en
dc.publicationyear 2014 en
dc.contributor.author1 Peltzer, K. en
dc.contributor.author2 Pengpid, S. en


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