Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure in young adolescents aged 12–15 years: data from 68 low-income and middle-income countries

by Bo Xi, Yajun Liang, Yunxia Liu et al.
The Lancet Global Health, Vol. 4, No. 11, e795–e805, November 2016

11 pp. 3.6 MB
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/langlo/PIIS2214-109X(16)30187-5.pdfcov200h

Tobacco use is an important risk factor for non-communicable diseases worldwide. However, the global extent and prevalence of tobacco use in adolescents is poorly described. The authors conclude that tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure were frequent among young adolescents aged 12–15 years in low-income and middle-income countries. Parental tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure were strongly associated with young adolescents’ tobacco use. The data emphasise the need to strengthen tobacco control interventions and programmes in young adolescents from low-income and middle-income countries.

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