Exposure to and attitudes regarding secondhand smoke among secondary students in Taiwan

Ping Ling Chen, Weigang Huang, Yi Li Chuang, Charles W. Warren, Nathan R. Jones, Juliette Lee, Samira Asma

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Abstract

The 2003 School Health Act of Taiwan stipulated that school campuses of senior high and below should be smoke free, but data from the Global Youth Tobacco Survey show that the majority of students are exposed to smoke in public and at home. More than 50% of nonsmokers indicated that they had been exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS) in public places, with the exposure rate as high as 90% among smokers. More than 40% of junior and senior high school students were exposed to SHS at home. Support for banning smoking in public places ranged from almost 60% to almost 80%. More than 60% of current smokers and almost 90% of never smokers think that smoke from others is harmful to them. With a clear body of evidence detailing the harmful effects, reduction and eventual elimination of exposure to SHS should be the goal of the tobacco control community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

Keywords

  • School health
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Surveillance
  • Tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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