The relationship between secondhand smoke exposure, pro-tobacco social influences, and smoking susceptibility among nonsmoking Zambian adolescents

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The relationship between secondhand smoke exposure, pro-tobacco social influences, and smoking susceptibility among nonsmoking Zambian adolescents

Agaku, I.T., Maliselo, T. and Ayo-Yusuf, O.A., 2015.

The study tested the hypothesis that the extent of secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure among non smoking adolescents would be associated with their overall exposure to pro-tobacco social influences using results from the 2011 Zambia Global Youth Tobacco Survey. The results show that the odds of SHS exposure increased with increasing exposure to pro-tobacco advertisements. The gap in SHS exposure between nonsmokers with low versus high smoking susceptibility was attributed to differences in parental or peer smoking. The study concludes that there is need to denormalise tobacco so as to reduce youth inclination to tobacco use.