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Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Among School Students in Greece in 2014 FREE TO VIEW

Andreas Lappas; Anna Tzortzi; Efstathia Konstantinidi; Niki Dimou; Panagiotis Behrakis
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Smoking and Lung Cancer Research Centre, Hellenic Cancer Society, Athens, Greece

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Chest. 2016;149(4_S):A595. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.02.621
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SESSION TITLE: Tobacco Cessation and Prevention

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

PURPOSE: Exposure to Secondhand smoke (SHS) is a major, preventable cause of disease, disability and death. It is estimated that the majority of the world’s population is still living in countries not covered by fully smoke-free public health regulations and Greece is unfortunately one of them. The aim of our study was to provide up to date information regarding the extent and parameters of SHS exposure among a Greek urban student population.

METHODS: Our survey was administered to a representative sample of middle and high school students (1803 in total, 810 boys and 992 girls), living in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece for the school year 2013-2014. A self-reported questionnaire was developed in order to estimate the exposure of the students to SHS. Relative frequencies were calculated for all the questions and Pearson’s χ2 test were used to evaluate the potential association of several variables with gender, age and smoking status. Logistic regression analyses was also applied to evaluate the association between social influences and the likelihood of being exposed to SHS.

RESULTS: More than 8/10 students were exposed to SHS during the month of the survey (43.7% at home, 80.3% outside of the home). With regards to the frequency of exposure to SHS, 59% of the students had been exposed at least once during the past week, with a modest higher frequency among females. Students with parents who smoke were more than 2 times likely to be exposed to SHS (OR=2.074, 95%CI=1.325-3.244).

CONCLUSIONS: SHS exposure is prevalent among the urban student population in Greece. Our findings indicate that additional public health or educational initiatives aimed at eliminating SHS exposure must be implemented in order to reduce the burden of adolescents’ exposure to SHS in Greece.


DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Andreas Lappas, Anna Tzortzi, Efstathia Konstantinidi, Niki Dimou, Panagiotis Behrakis

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