Under-reporting of tobacco use among Bangladeshi women in England.


Roth, MA; Aitsi-Selmi, A; Wardle, H; Mindell, J; (2009) Under-reporting of tobacco use among Bangladeshi women in England. Journal of public health (Oxford, England), 31 (3). pp. 326-34. ISSN 1741-3842 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdp060

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Abstract

This study investigates the prevalence of under-reported use of tobacco among Bangladeshi women and the characteristics of this group. The 1999 and 2004 Health Survey for England included 996 Bangladeshi women aged 16 years and above, 302 with a valid saliva sample and 694 without. The main outcome measure was the prevalence of under-reported tobacco use. Fifteen per cent of Bangladeshi women with a saliva sample under-reported their personal tobacco use. Under-reporters were very similar to self-reported users except for being much more likely to report chewing paan without tobacco (47% versus 9%, P < 0.001). Under-reporters differed significantly from cotinine-validated non-users in most respects. Regression analyses confirmed that under-reporters and self-reported users were similar in age, education level and exposure to passive smoking. Under-reporters were older and less educated than cotinine-validated non-users. Both self-reported users [odds ratio (OR): 0.11, 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.04-0.30] and cotinine-validated non-users (OR: 0.42, 95% CI: 0.20-0.89) were far less likely to report chewing paan without tobacco compared with under-reporters. Contrary to our a priori hypothesis, under-reporters were not young, British-born, English-speaking women likely to be concealing smoking but resembled self-reported tobacco users except for being much more likely to report chewing paan without tobacco.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
PubMed ID: 19561042
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4646277

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