|Title:||Prevalence and predictors of tobacco use in the elderly|
|Journal:||Int J Geriatr Psychiatry|
|Alternate Journal:||International journal of geriatric psychiatry|
|Keywords:||Singapore elderly smoking tobacco use|
|Abstract:||OBJECTIVE: Smoking is a well-established public health issue, which has not been examined previously among the elderly in Singapore. This paper describes and identifies the current prevalence and predictors of tobacco use among the older resident population. METHODS: Data were derived from the Well-being of the Singapore Elderly study, a cross-sectional epidemiological study of the elderly in Singapore. Sociodemographic data from 2565 Singapore residents aged 60 years and above were collected through face-to-face interviews. Multinomial logistic regression analyses identified predictors of tobacco use. RESULTS: A total of 236 respondents were current tobacco users (9.5%). The majority of older tobacco users were men (88.1%). Significant predictors of tobacco use were gender, marital status, and education level. Younger age (60-74 years old) was associated with more tobacco use, and the completion of tertiary education with lower rates of use. CONCLUSIONS: Smoking prevalence among the elderly was lower than that of the Singapore general adult population (16%). However, the rate is still high and is of concern given the likelihood of a higher rate of physical disorders, which could be worsened with tobacco use. The identification of those at risk enables them to be targeted for smoking cessation programs and other interventions. Copyright (c) 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.|
|Notes:||1099-1166 Pang, Shirlene Subramaniam, Mythily Abdin, Edimansyah Lee, Siau Pheng Chua, Boon Yiang Shafie, Saleha Binte Vaingankar, Janhavi Picco, Louisa Zhang, Yun-Jue Chong, Siow Ann Journal Article England Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 Jul;31(7):716-22. doi: 10.1002/gps.4382. Epub 2015 Nov 9.|
|Authors Address:||Research Division, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore.|
|Appears in Collections:||2016|
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