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Smoking and its correlates among preadolescent children in France

Annie J Sasco
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L. Laforest
Véronique Benhaïm-Luzon
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Martine Poncet
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Ruth E Little
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BACKGROUND: Smoking often begins in early adolescence, and addiction can occur rapidly. For effective smoking prevention efforts with younger children, knowledge of their early smoking experience is needed. The purpose of this paper was to report the smoking experience of French elementary school children and to describe their lifestyle habits and health knowledge. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 913 children age 9-11 years in 31 randomly selected schools of the Loire administrative department in France was conducted, using anonymous previously validated questionnaires. Correlates of smoking initiation and intention to smoke in the future were assessed by unconditional logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: A total of 12.3% of the children had smoked at least one cigarette, 5.1% within the previous 30 days. Correlates of ever smoking were male sex, older age, engaging in physical activity, reporting not following safety-related recommendations, or drinking alcohol. Of the 112 children who reported ever smoking, 45.5% stated that they did not want to remain smokers in the future and an additional 26.8% were not sure. CONCLUSIONS: Information on the smoking experience of preadolescents should help in designing effective prevention programs, which are essential for reinforcing abstinence in nonsmokers and preventing others from progressing to addiction.

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hal-01839006 , version 1 (13-07-2018)



Annie J Sasco, L. Laforest, Véronique Benhaïm-Luzon, Martine Poncet, Ruth E Little. Smoking and its correlates among preadolescent children in France. Preventive Medicine, 2002, 34 (2), pp.226--234. ⟨10.1006/pmed.2001.0980⟩. ⟨hal-01839006⟩
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