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Exploring factors influencing smoking behaviour in Malaysia

Cheah, Yong Kang and Naidu, Balkish Mahadir (2012) Exploring factors influencing smoking behaviour in Malaysia. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 13 (4). pp. 1125-1130. ISSN 1513-7368

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Objective: The objective of present study is to investigate the determinants of smoking behaviour among adults in Malaysia.Method: Findings of the Third National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS-3) by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia, were used. The sample consisted of 34,539 observations.A logistic regression model was thus applied to estimate the probability to participate in smoking.Results: Age, income, gender, marital status, ethnicity, employment status, residential area, education, lifestyle and health status were statistically significant in affecting the likelihood of smoking.Specifically, youngsters, low income earners, males, unmarried individuals, Malays, employed individuals, rural residents and primary educated individuals were more likely to smoke. Conclusion: In conclusion, socio-demographic, lifestyle and health factors have significant impacts on smoking participation in Malaysia. Based on these empirical findings, several policy implications are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cigarette smoking behaviour - determinants - tobacco policy - Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: School of Economics, Finance & Banking
Depositing User: Dr. Cheah Yong Kan
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 03:53
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 01:31
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/17309

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