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Objectives: To compare the prevalence and correlates of cigarette smoking among East Asian college students. Methods: Data were collected from college students (N=16,558) in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan (response rate: 78%). Results:
Religion was independently associated with college students' smoking in China (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 1.82) and South Korea (AOR = 0.80). Being a heavy drinker and having a higher exposure to secondhand smoke were associated with higher smoking rates (Ps < .001). Conclusions:
The East Asian economies show a varied prevalence of college smoking but a similar pattern of relationship with its correlates.
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Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Publication date: March 1, 2013
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