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Access to Anti-smoking Information among School Children and its Potential Impact on Preventing Smoking Initiation: Results from the Global Youth Tobacco Use Survey (GYTS) 2014 in Viet Nam
- Hoang, Van Minh (Hanoi School of Public Health) ;
- Kim, Bao Giang (Hanoi Medical University) ;
- Phan, Thi Hai (Vietnam Steering Committee on Smoking and Health (VINACOSH)) ;
- Trinh, Dinh Hoang (Vietnam Steering Committee on Smoking and Health (VINACOSH)) ;
- Doan, Thu Huyen (Vietnam Steering Committee on Smoking and Health (VINACOSH)) ;
- Luong, Ngoc Khue (Vietnam Steering Committee on Smoking and Health (VINACOSH)) ;
- Nguyen, Thuy Linh (Vietnam Steering Committee on Smoking and Health (VINACOSH)) ;
- Nguyen, Tuan Lam (World Health Organization Office in Viet Nam) ;
- Pham, Thi Quynh Nga (World Health Organization Office in Viet Nam)
- Published : 2016.04.14
Scientific evidence on all aspects of smoking amongst youth is very important for designing appropriate interventions to reduce smoking among this vulnerable population. This paper describes current access to anti-smoking information among school children aged 13 to 15 years in Vietnam in 2014 and examines its potential impact on preventing smoking initiation. The data used in this paper were obtained from the 2014 Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) in Vietnam. Students were asked questions about their level of awareness of anti-smoking information from various sources in the past 30 days and about lessons in school regarding the dangers of tobacco use during the last 12 months. Those who have never smoked were asked "whether or not they thought about avoiding cigarettes because of health warnings on cigarette packages" and answers were analyzed in combination with data on access to anti-smoking information from other sources. The prevalence of exposure to antismoking campaigns was high among school children in Viet Nam: 55.3% of current smokers reported thoughts of smoking cessation because of health warnings on cigarette packages; 60.5% of never smokers avoided initiating smoking because of the same health warnings. The potential impact of graphic health warnings to prevent school-aged children from smoking initiation would be stronger if there was concurrent access to anti-smoking programs on the dangers of tobacco use in schools. However, school education for tobacco prevention and control has not been as strong as expected. A more comprehensive school curriculum on tobacco prevention and control is recommended to reinforce antismoking messages among school children.
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