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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

Tobacco Use among Youth in the Philippines, 2000-2003

Marina M. Baquilod, MD, MSc.1, Nathan Jones, PHD2, Wick Warren, PHD3, Burke Fishburn4, Jonathan Santos4, and Samira Asma5. (1) Department of Health, National Epidemiology Center, Rizal Avenue, Sta. Cruz, Manila, Philippines, (2) office of Smoking & Health, (CDC), Bufford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30341, (3) office of Smoking and Health, CDC, (4) Tobacco Free Initiative, World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office, Philippines, (5) Office on Smoking or Health, 4770 Buford Highway, NE, Mailstop K-50, Atlanta, GA

Objective: The Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) monitors youth tobacco use, attitudes, and exposure to tobacco smoke and has been completed by over 1.4 million students in 133 countries. This report presents findings from the 2000 and 2003 Philippines GYTS.

Methods: The Philippines GYTS was a school-based survey of students in high school years 2-4, conducted in 2003. A two-stage cluster sample design was used to produce representative data for the Philippines. At the first stage, schools were selected with probability proportional to enrollment size. At the second stage, classes were randomly selected and all students in selected classes were eligible to participate. The school response rate was 99.3%, the student response rate was 85.4%, and the overall response rate was 84.8%. A total of 7,478 students participated in the Philippines GYTS.

Results: There's significant reductions in the proportion of students who currently smoke cigarettes, who currently use other tobacco products, are likely to start smoking in the next year, and are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke. There's a significant increase in the proportion of students who support bans on smoking in public places, have learned about dangers of tobacco use in school, and have seen anti-tobacco messages in media and advertising.