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Current Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Women of Reproductive Age

Wednesday, November 7, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. Nov. 2, 2012;61(43):877-882.

To examine current tobacco use and SHS exposure in women aged 15–49 years, data were analyzed from the 2008–2010 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) from 14 low- and middle-income countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Vietnam. The results of this analysis indicated that, among reproductive-aged women, current tobacco smoking ranged from 0.4% in Egypt to 30.8% in Russia, current smokeless tobacco use was <1% in most coun­tries, but common in Bangladesh (20.1%) and India (14.9%), and SHS exposure at home was common in all countries, rang­ing from 17.8% in Mexico to 72.3% in Vietnam. The authors conclude that strategies promoting cessation should be a priority in high tobacco smoking prevalence countries, whereas strategies should focus on preventing smoking initiation in countries with low preva­lence.

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