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Title: Prevalence and related risk factors of areca quid chewing among junior high students in eastern Taiwan
Authors: Tsai, YF
Wong, TKS
Chen, SC
Keywords: Adolescent health
Areca quid
Tobacco smoker
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Source: Public health, 2002, v. 116, no. 4, p. 190-194 How to cite?
Journal: Public Health 
Abstract: Areca quid chewing is a serious problem in eastern Taiwan. The prevalence and related risk factors of areca quid chewing among junior high students were studied. Group I consisted of 896 non-aboriginal students and group 2 of 565 aboriginal students. The students were asked to fill out a questionnaire anonymously. Among the non-aboriginal students, 2.2% were found as current areca quid chewers, 16.4% had tried but not become regular users, and 2.2% had used it regularly and quit, whereas 9.7% of aboriginal students were current chewers, and 32.7% had tried it but had not become regular users, and 7.4% had used it regularly and quit. The prevalence of areca chewing is significantly different between boys and girls in the non-aboriginal group. A logistic regression analysis indicated that a non-aboriginal student who is a male, grows areca at home, is a tobacco smoker, an alcohol drinker, and has family members and close friends as chewers is more likely to chew areca quid than others. Aboriginal students who are chewers are likely to grow areca at home, are tobacco smokers and alcohol drinkers, and have family members and close friends as chewers. Based on the findings of the study, the need for a health promotion program was identified. Areca quid is not only detrimental to people's health, but also to the environment in which people live.
ISSN: 0033-3506
DOI: 10.1038/
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