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Adolescents' Smoking Behaviors, Beliefs on the Risks of Smoking, and Exposure to ETS in Juárez, Mexico

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Objective: To assess the smoking behaviors, beliefs about the risks of smoking, and exposure to ETS among adolescents in Juárez, Mexico. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted with sixth-grade students (N=506), aged 11-13 years old, attending 6 randomly selected schools. Schools were classified by school setting and SES. Results: Students attending a low SES school setting were more likely to have smoked (P < 0.01), be current smokers (P < 0.01), be exposed to ETS at home and in public (P < 0.01) than were students attending a middle or high SES school. Conclusion: Smoking interventions should target students attending school in low SES settings.

Keywords: adolescents; environmental tobacco smoke; secondhand smoke; smoking behaviors; smoking beliefs

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Science, College of Health & Social Services, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 2: University of Washington, Public Health, Community Medicine & Epidemiology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Cancer Prevention Program, Seattle, WA

Publication date: July 1, 2006

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