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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

Global Youth Tobacco Survey (Macao) 2005

Tan Mui Chan, PublicHealthDoct and Veng Ian Uu, MIPH. Health Bureau, Health Promotion Unit, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Rua de S.Francisco, no. 5, Macao Special Administrative Region, Macau

Objective: this report describes the knowledge, attitudes and behavior of young generation regarding tobacco use, their exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), pro-tobacco as well as anti-tobacco advertisement.

Methods: We conducted a multistage, school-based, two-cluster survey (n=2,155, age=13-15 years) in government and private schools using a standardized questionnaire based on the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS).

Results: Prevalence of ever smoking was 42.7% for boys and 33.8% for girls. 38.4% of never smokers and 57.7% of current smokers exposed to smoke from others in their home and more than 6 in 10 never smokers and almost 9 in 10 of current smokers exposed to smoke from others in public places. More than half of non-smokers saw a tobacco advertisement, and 2.9% of them were offered free cigarettes from a tobacco company representative. Moreover, over 7 in 10 young generation buy their cigarettes from stores, and 96% of them were not refused to buy cigarettes because of their age.