Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior in Avoiding Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Exposure among Non-Smoking People

London Journal of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume | Issue | Compilation
Authored by Nur Zainie Abd Hamid , NA
Classification: For Code: 370199
Keywords: attitude, behavior, knowledge, secondhand smoke (SHS).
Language: English

Secondhand smoke (SHS) contributes to air pollutant in public and cause health problem to children and adolescents. Many people hold less knowledge and assumed that, SHS is harmless to health. This study is about knowledge, attitude and behavior in avoiding SHS exposure among non-smoking women.  The aim of the study is to determine the extent of people’s avoidance behavior towards SHS exposure in Klang Valley, Malaysia. This cross-sectional study involves 200 respondents who have been conveniently selected around public places in Klang Valley. The descriptive findings suggested that, 173 respondents agreed tobacco smoke is dangerous for non-smoker’s health. Surprisingly, the respondents did not have accepted level of knowledge and attitude to avoid SHS with mean = 3.99, 4.10 accordingly. Besides, multiple regression test statistically proved that, among the variables, knowledge added statistically significant to the prediction of avoiding SHS with p = 0.00. This study may be a corner stone and an initial effort for responsible authorities such as Ministry of Health to begin formulating plan to increase the awareness of non-smokers about the rationales of preventing SHS, as an alternative plan for creating awareness among smokers.


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