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Webinar: We Do Not Smoke But Some of Us Are More Susceptible than Others: A Multilevel Analysis of a Sample of Canadian Youth in Grades 9 to 12

Feb 10, 2015

Webinar: We Do Not Smoke But Some of Us Are More Susceptible than Others: A Multilevel Analysis of a Sample of Canadian Youth in Grades 9 to 12. 

 

Webinar: We Do Not Smoke But Some of Us Are More Susceptible than Others: A Multilevel Analysis of a Sample of Canadian Youth in Grades 9 to 12 


(English only – en anglais seulement)
 
Hosted by the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition.

Background: Smoking susceptibility has been found to be a strong predictor of experimental smoking. This paper examined which student- and school-level factors differentiated susceptible never smokers from non-susceptible never smokers among a nationally representative sample of Canadian students in grades 9 to 12.
 
Methods: Student-level data from the 2008–2009 Canadian Youth Smoking Survey were linked with school-level data from the 2006 Census, and one built environment characteristic (the density of tobacco retailers surrounding schools). These data were examined using multilevel logistic regression analyses.
 
Results: The likelihood of a never smoker being susceptible to smoking significantly varied across schools (p = 0.0002). Students in this study were more likely to be susceptible never smokers if they reported low self-esteem, held positive attitudes towards smoking, used alcohol or marijuana, had close friends who smoked, and came from homes without a total ban on smoking. The school location (rural versus urban), the socioeconomic status of the neighbourhood surrounding a school, and the density of tobacco retailers that were located within1-km radius of each school were not associated with students' smoking susceptibility.
 
Conclusion: These findings underscore the continued need to develop school-based tobacco use prevention policies and/or programs that enhance students' self-esteem, address tobacco use misinformation and substance use, and include strategies targeting friends who smoke, and students who come from homes without a total ban on smoking.
 
Presenter: Dr. Susan Kaai
 
Susan Kaai, is a Research Associate and Project Manager at the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project) for Kenya, Zambia, and Mauritius. Dr. Kaai completed her Ph.D. studies (specialized on tobacco use) at the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo (Canada). She has a M.Sc. degree (specialized in Applied Human Nutrition) from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and a Bachelors of Education from Kenyatta University (Kenya). 
 
Prior to joining the ITC Project, Dr. Kaai worked for two global health non-profit organizations in Africa: the Population Council as a Research/Programme Officer, and Population Services International as a Research Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. During her tenure at the Population Council, she gave technical guidance and monitored a four year prospective longitudinal randomized controlled two-arm study on Adult Adherence and ART in Kenya. Dr. Kaai has a multi-disciplinary academic qualification (Tobacco use, HIV, Education, Human Nutrition, and Epidemiology) and diverse professional international research experience in evaluating HIV, tobacco use, nutrition, reproductive health, and maternal and child health programs. She has published several peer-reviewed articles, reports, and presented in national and international conferences. She has also been a teaching assistant and guest speaker for several of the Master of Public Health (MPH) programs at the University of Waterloo (Canada). 
 
Date and Time: Tuesday February 10th, 2015 - 12 to 1pm
 
Register: Register by clicking on this link. Registration deadline is Friday February 6th, 2015.