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Smoking Among East Asian College Students: Prevalence and Correlates

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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.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA. 2: Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2013

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