Health behaviors among short- and long- term ex-smokers: results from the thai national health examination survey iv, 2009.

Auteur(s) :
Sangthong R., Wichaidit W., Mcneil E.
Date :
Juil, 2012
Source(s) :
PREV MED. #55:1 p56-60
Adresse :
Epidemiology Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.

Sommaire de l'article

BACKGROUND: Although numerous studies have shown the health behaviors of ex-smokers to be better than those in regular smokers, the differences in health behaviors among ex-smokers at varying durations of cessation have not been investigated. This study aims to examine the relationship between different durations of smoking cessation and health behaviors.

METHODS: Data on dietary intake, alcohol consumption, physical activity, and smoking behavior from the Thai National Health Examination Survey IV for subjects aged 15-98 years (n=19 371) were included in the analysis. Trends between health behaviors among regular smokers, ex-smokers with different durations of smoking (10 years), and never smokers were tested. Logistic regression models adjusted for sex, age, and economic status were used.

RESULTS: The prevalences of regular smoking, ex-smoking, and never smoking were 22.3%, 12% , and 65.7%, respectively. A trend was found for consumption of fruit, beans and meats, dairy and soy milk, whole-grain products, nutritional supplements, and eating habits. Average daily alcohol consumption (g) was lowest among ex-smokers who had quit for>10 years ex-smokers (16.4) followed by 1-10 years ex-smokers (27.2), and <1 year ex-smokers (33.7).

CONCLUSION: A longer duration of smoking cessation correlated with better health behaviors.

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