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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

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

The Effects of Environmental Tobacco Exposure before Starting to Smoke on Cigarette Quitting Therapies

Sibel Sahbaz1, Oguz Kilinc, MD1, Turkan Gunay, MD2, and Emel Ceylan, MD3. (1) Chest Department, Dokuz Eylul University, Medical Faculty, Inciraltý, Izmir, Turkey, (2) Public Health department, Dokuz Eylul University, Medical Faculty, Inciralti, Izmir, Turkey, (3) Chest Department, Adnan Menderes University, Medical Faculty, Aydin, Turkey

Objective: The aim of this case-control study in which we performed a questionnaire about environmental exposure to cigarette smoking, is to find out the possible effects of such an exposure before starting to smoke, on cigarette quitting therapies, and to find out the effects of smoking properties and demographic properties on the results of this therapy.

Methods: A questionnaire with 16 questions is performed in 230 people who were found to be suitable for the study and who were reached with telephones.

Results: The results of this study revealed that, there was significant difference in smoking habbit of mothers between case and control groups. Having a smoker mother increases the risk of not quitting cigarettes by 2.8 times. When the number of persons in home causing environmental smoke exposure before people started to smoke, are compared between case and control groups, there was significant difference. The results of this study showed that environmental exposure to cigarette smoking also effects negatively the cigarette quitting therapies, besides its too many other negative effects reported in the literature. Environmental exposure to cigarette smoking at home is very important. Therefore education of families, especially mothers about this subject has great importance