Recently, tobacco control policy including smoke-free schools was enforced in Taiwan. To achieve the reduction of tobacco use by youth is likely to depend on the extent of school staff’s support. This study was designed to understand school staff’s opinions of smoke-free schools. Totally 11 schools (2 elementary, 4 middle & 5 high schools) were recruited. We randomly selected 358 teaching or administrative staff to completed a self-administered questionnaire. We used one-way ANOVA, t-test, Pearson product-moment correlation and multiple regression statistics to exam the associations between staff’s smoking status, smoking-related attitudes and knowledge, and their opinions of smoke-free schools. In this study, we found that the school staffs were very supportive of smoke-free schools which was related to their smoking-related knowledge and attitudes. Non-smoking staffs were more supporting smoke-free schools than those smoking. The opinions of smoke-free schools were different between genders, the males were less supportive than the females. Anti-smoking attitudes could explain 43.5%of the variance of staff’s opinion of smoke-free schools. In conclusion, with increasing staff’s anti-smoking attitudes and encouraging stop smoking would enhance their support for smoke-free schools.
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Chinese Journal of School Health|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|