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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health
Building capacity for a tobacco-free world
July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Objective: Tobacco companies targeted their more aggressive marketing campaign to young people among 14-24 year old. One the other hand, the prevalence of passive smokers in Argentina is unknown. To make a diagnosis of situation respect smoking habit and to measure the magnitude of second hand smoking on university's young population and to implement interventions targeted to promotion smoke-free environment
Methods: Descriptive study and interventional activities directed to promoting quit smoking and healthy environments were done. An epidemiological questionnaire and urine sample to test cotinine were collected on a sample of 303 student attending National University in Mar del Plata, Argentine. Smoke-free places were identified, workshops and public presentations to discuss second hand smoking problem, cancer prevention, and encouraging “to be an active promoter of healthy environments” instead “a passive smoker” were made.
Results: Prevalence of smokers was 30.7%. among non-smokers 79.2% shown detectable cotinine in urine, 63.4% of them presented more than 10 ng/ml. Cotinine concentrations were higher than values reported in other international studies (mean 28 ng/ml, median 15.8 ng/ml). Environmental tobacco smoke was stated higher at University (86.7%) than recreational places (80.5%). Seventy smoke-free rooms (using signs) were identified and nine workshops were performed. Communicational strategies between students, professors and university's administration to enhance healthy condition and to give contention to smokers who wanted to quit the habit were developed. Results of intervention were published in the media. New projects were proposed.