[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective: We examined how quantity and trajectory of smoking reduction influence later abstinence in smokers without intention to quit and being prescribed free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Method: We conducted an a posteriori analysis from a data archive of adult smokers in a randomized controlled trial of smoking reduction using counseling and free NRT (n= 928). Reduction was analyzed as the absolute and percentage decrease in self-reported daily cigarette consumption at three follow-ups (1. week, 1 and 3. months) compared with the baseline. Logistic regression model and multiple imputation were used to examine the association between early reduction and abstinence at 6. months. Results: Reducing 10% of cigarette consumption at the three follow-ups was associated with 16% (95% CI 5-28%), 23% (95%CI 11-36%) and 27% (95% CI 13-42%) increase in abstinence, respectively. Greater reduction predicted abstinence when the percentage reduction was more than one-third (above 31.4%). Progressive increase in the percentage reduction predicted more abstinence (OR = 1.90, 95%CI 1.01-3.58). Conclusions: Greater percentage reduction by at least one-third and progressive reduction predicted abstinence in those who reduced smoking. Such new evidence can guide the improvement of clinical service for tobacco dependency treatment and support further studies on smoking reduction and cessation.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The numbers of women smoking have risen 72.5% since 1990 with the increasing population - from 56,100 to 96,800 in 2012, reflecting an alarming situation in Hong Kong. The study aimed to describe the smoking behaviour, attitudes and associated factors among women in Hong Kong.
A qualitative cross-sectional study involving semi-structured interview was conducted with Chinese women from five community centres in different districts in Hong Kong in 2010. A purposive sample of 73 female participants (24 current smokers, 20 ex-smokers and 29 never-smokers) were recruited. The 73 women were classified by their smoking status and age to form 15 focus groups.
Most informants knew about the general health hazards of smoking, such as cancer and heart or respiratory diseases, but not about the female-specific health consequences of smoking. A few smokers considered smoking to be a weight control strategy, fearing a gain in weight if they gave up. Moreover, a few relied on smoking as a coping strategy to relieve negative emotions and stress. Additionally, a few smokers had misconceptions about giving up: that a loss of concentration would result, that continued smoking would not further affect their health as they had become desensitised to the chemicals in tobacco smoke or that quitting would harm their health.
This study generates new knowledge about the behavior, attitudes, and experiences related to smoking of current female smokers, ex-smokers and non-smokers in Hong Kong, which is unique as a Chinese but highly westernized community but with a very low female smoking prevalence.
BMC Public Health 12/2015; 15(1):1529. DOI:10.1186/s12889-015-1529-4 · 2.26 Impact Factor
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There is a lack of population-based smoking cessation interventions targeting woman smokers in Hong Kong, and in Asia generally. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a gender-specific smoking cessation program for female smokers in Hong Kong.
To evaluate the effectiveness of the service, a total of 457 eligible smokers were recruited. After the baseline questionnaire had been completed, a cessation counseling intervention was given by a trained counselor according to the stage of readiness to quit. Self-reported seven-day point prevalence of abstinence and reduction of cigarette consumption (≥50 %) and self-efficacy in rejecting tobacco were documented at one week and at two, three and six months.
The 7-day point prevalence quit rate was 28.4 % (130/457), and 21.9 % (100/457) had reduced their cigarette consumption by at least 50 % at the six-month follow-up. The average daily cigarette consumption was reduced from 8.3 at baseline to 6.3 at six months. Moreover, both internal and external stimuli of anti-smoking self-efficacy increased from baseline to six months.
The study provides some evidence for the effectiveness of the gender-specific smoking cessation program for female smokers. Furthermore, helping smokers to improve their self-efficacy in resisting both internal and external stimuli of tobacco use can be a way of enhancing the effectiveness of a smoking cessation intervention.
BMC Public Health 12/2015; 15(1). DOI:10.1186/s12889-015-2326-9 · 2.26 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Tobacco use adversely affects many aspects of well-being and is disliked by non-smokers. However, its association with family happiness is unknown. We investigated the associations of family unhappiness with smoking in family members and secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure at home in Hong Kong children. In a school-based survey in 2012-2013, 1238 primary school students (mean age 8.5 years, standard deviation 0.9; 42.6% boys) reported family smoking, SHS exposure at home and whether their families had any unpleasant experience caused by smoking or SHS in the past 30 days (tobacco-related unpleasant experience), and rated the overall level of happiness in their families (family unhappiness). Multivariable logistic regression was used to study the associations of tobacco-related unpleasant experience and family unhappiness with family smoking and SHS exposure at home. Tobacco-related unpleasant experience and family unhappiness were reported by 27.5% and 16.5% of students. Unpleasant experience was more strongly associated with family smoking than SHS exposure at home. Family unhappiness was associated with both family smoking (odds ratio 2.37; 95% confidence interval 1.51-3.71) and SHS exposure at home (1.82; 1.39-2.40). These results suggest a previously neglected possible impact of tobacco use on family happiness.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11/2015; 12(11):14557-14570. DOI:10.3390/ijerph121114557 · 2.06 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective: To examine if there were changes in the proportion of hardcore smokers and factors associated with hardcore smoking before and after implementation of smoke-free legislation, and warning labels on cigarette packets in Hong Kong in January 2007. Study design: Repeated cross-sectional surveys of the general population in Hong Kong. Methods: Data from all daily smokers aged ≥15 years in the population-based Thematic Household Surveys from 2005 (n = 3740) and 2008 (n = 2958) were used to estimate the prevalence of hardcore smokers before and after implementation of smoke-free legislation. A logistic regression model was used to identify the factors associated with hardcore smoking, and to examine if there were any changes in their associations with the likelihood of hardcore smoking after implementation of smoke-free legislation. Results: The proportion of hardcore smokers among current daily smokers increased significantly from 22.5% [95% confidence interval (CI) 21.1-23.8%] in 2005 to 28.3% (95% CI 26.7-29.9%) in 2008. Change in the strength of the association of hardcore smoking with three factors was observed. The strength of the association between hardcore smoking and 'necessity in social functions' [odds ratio (OR) 0.54, 95% CI 0.31-0.95) and 'necessity for killing time' (OR 0.56, 95% CI 0.36-0.89) decreased, while the association between hardcore smoking and 'necessity as refreshment' increased (OR 3.02, 95% CI 1.43-6.39) after implementation of smoke-free legislation and warning labels on cigarette packets. 'Smoking had become a habit' was the factor associated most strongly with hardcore smoking (OR 4.88, 95% CI 4.02-5.93). Conclusions: The proportion of hardcore smokers remained stable in Hong Kong from 2005 to 2008. While the implementation of the two tobacco control measures may have provided an environment to reduce social smoking in hardcore smokers, addiction appeared to be the most important factor associated with hardcore smoking. More effective and tailor-made cessation services that target this group of smokers are needed.
Public health 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.10.007 · 1.43 Impact Factor
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Evidence describing the association between pulmonary function and carotid atherosclerosis has been inconclusive and the role of smoking in this association is unclear. We therefore examined this association in the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study-CVD Subcohort.
Common carotid artery (CCA) intima-media thickness (IMT) and carotid plaques were measured by B-mode ultrasonography and lung function by spirometry using a turbine flowmeter. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was defined as the ratio of forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) to forced vital capacity (FVC) of less than 0.70. Predicted FEV1 and FVC were derived using equations for Chinese.
Of 1625 participants aged 50 + years, 382 (23.5%) had evidence of carotid plaque. The mean CCA-IMT was higher in those with COPD than those without (0.82 ± 0.29 mm versus 0.76 ± 0.31 mm, P = 0.02). We found no evidence that the association of pulmonary function with CCA-IMT varied by smoking status (P values interaction: 0.23-0.83). After adjustment for a wide range of potential confounders, the increased risks of thickened CCA-IMT (CCA-IMT ≥1.0 mm) in those with COPD became marginally nonsignificant (adjusted odds ratio (OR) 1.45, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.91-2.29; P = 0.12). Compared to those in the highest tertile, participants in the lowest tertile of FEV1 observed to predicted ratio had increased risk of thickened CCA-IMT (adjusted OR 2.18, 95% CI 1.42-3.34) and carotid plaque (adjusted OR 1.50, 95% CI 1.08-2.09), while participants in the lowest tertile of FVC observed to predicted ratio had increased risk of thickened CCA-IMT (adjusted OR 2.29, 95% CI 1.46-3.58), but the adjusted OR for carotid plaque was marginally nonsignificant (adjusted OR 1.29, 95% CI 0.93-1.80; P = 0.13).
Independent of smoking status, poor pulmonary function was dose-dependently associated with carotid atherosclerosis in older Chinese. (281 words).
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To investigate the associations between reactions to thirdhand smoke (THS) and openness to smoking in young children. In a school-based survey in Hong Kong, 4762 Chinese primary school students reported their reactions to THS (one or more of 'pleasant/happy', 'nausea', 'excited', 'heart beat faster', 'relaxed', 'dislike the smell', 'like the smell', 'dizzy', 'coughing/choking', 'eye uncomfortable' and 'none of the above'), smoking status and openness to smoking (lack of a firm intention not to smoke). Factor structure of reactions to THS was investigated with factor scores calculated and categorised. Logistic regression yielded adjusted odds ratio (AOR) of openness to smoking for reactions to THS. Factor analysis yielded two factors including 5 and 4 reactions, which were generally deemed negative and positive, respectively. The proportions of students with factor scores ≥1 for negative and positive reactions were 51.3 and 6.3 %, respectively. In never smokers, openness to smoking was negatively associated with 'dislike the smell' (AOR 0.52, 95 % CI 0.39-0.68), 'coughing/choking' (0.53, 0.38-0.75), 'eye uncomfortable' (0.62, 0.40-0.95) and negative reaction factor score of 2-5 (vs. 0) (0.59, 0.40-0.88), and was positively associated with 'pleasant/happy' (2.80, 1.54-5.09), 'excited' (2.83, 1.17-6.87), 'like the smell' (3.06, 1.49-6.26) and positive reaction factor score of 1-4 (vs. 0) (2.86, 1.83-4.48). In experimental or former smokers, fewer associations reached statistical significance. Negative and positive reactions to THS were negatively and positively associated with openness to smoking, respectively, in young never smoking children.
Journal of Community Health 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10900-015-0115-0 · 1.28 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: A principal factor in maintaining positive family functioning and well-being, family communication time is decreasing in modern societies such as Hong Kong, where long working hours and indulgent use of information technology are typical.
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Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are being increasingly used. We examined the correlates associated with e-cigarette awareness, use and perceived effectiveness in smoking cessation among Chinese daily smokers in Hong Kong.
Daily smokers (N = 1,307) were recruited to a community-based randomised controlled trial ('Quit to Win') in 2014. Socio-demographic characteristics, conventional cigarette smoking status, nicotine addiction level, quit attempts, quit intention, e-cigarette awareness, use and perceived effectiveness on quitting were reported at baseline and 1-week follow-up. Multivariate logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with e-cigarette awareness, use and perceived effectiveness in quitting.
Most smokers (82.6%, 95% CI 80.2%-84.9%) had heard about e-cigarettes, and 13.3% (11.3%-15.5%) ever used e-cigarettes. Most users (74.1%) and non-users (91.2%) did not perceive e-cigarettes as effective in quitting. Being younger and having a larger family income were associated with e-cigarette awareness. Being younger, a tertiary education and a stronger addiction to nicotine were associated with e-cigarette use, which was itself associated with lower levels of intention to quit and had no association with attempts to quit (P for trend 0.45). E-cigarette use, the last quit attempt being a month earlier, having made a quit attempt lasting 24 hours or longer and perceiving quitting as important were all associated with the perceived effectiveness of e-cigarettes in quitting (all P <0.05).
Among community-recruited smokers who intended to quit, awareness of e-cigarettes was high, but most did not perceive e-cigarettes as effective in quitting. Correlates concerning e-cigarette perceptions and use will help to inform prospective studies, public education and policy on controlling e-cigarettes.
PLoS ONE 10/2015; 10(10):e0141683. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0141683 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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Adolescent drinking in Western countries has been associated with older age and high socioeconomic status, but the association with family structure was inconsistent.
In a 2012-2013 school-based survey in Hong Kong, 23 096 students (mean age 14.7 years, SD 1.8 years) completed an anonymous questionnaire. Current drinking was defined as any drinking and binge drinking as consuming at least 5 drinks on one occasion, both in the past 30 days. Multilevel logistic regression was used to examine the association of sociodemographic characteristics with current drinking, binge drinking and type of alcohol consumed.
Current drinking was associated with age (≥15 vs ≤14 years) (adjusted OR 1.87, 95% CI 1.74 to 2.02), higher perceived family affluence versus low affluence (1.11, 1.02 to 1.21 for medium affluence; 1.55, 1.38 to 1.75 for high affluence), private housing versus public housing (1.11, 1.01 to 1.21) and non-intact family versus intact family (1.31, 1.19 to 1.45 for separated/divorced parents; 1.40, 1.21 to 1.62 for one or both deceased parents). Similar risk factors were observed for binge drinking. Girls were more likely to drink fruit wine (1.48, 1.36 to 1.62), while they were less likely to drink beer (0.85, 0.79 to 0.92) and spirits (0.69, 0.54 to 0.87). Students who reported high family affluence were more likely to drink wine (1.91, 1.59 to 2.30) and spirits (2.23, 1.54 to 3.24).
Generally, adolescents who were older and had higher socioeconomic status were more likely to drink. High family affluence was associated with wine and spirits drinking. Beer and spirits were preferred more by boys, and fruit wine by girls. These results indicated high-risk groups for adolescent alcohol interventions.
Journal of epidemiology and community health 10/2015; DOI:10.1136/jech-2015-206418 · 3.50 Impact Factor
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Observational studies and small intervention studies suggest alcohol raises gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT). We used Mendelian randomization to assess the causal effect of alcohol use on GGT in older Chinese people.
An instrumental variable (IV) analysis in 2,321 men and 2,757 women aged 50+ years from phase 3 of the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study with ALDH2 (rs671) genotyped, alcohol use and GGT available was used to assess the causal effect of alcohol use on GGT. Rs671 was used as an IV and F-statistics was used to test for weak instrument hypothesis. An F-statistic of ≥10 indicates the IV is not weak.
In men, the F-statistic for rs671 on alcohol use was 70. Using IV analysis alcohol use increased GGT by 10.60 U/L per alcohol unit (10 gram ethanol) per day (95% confidence interval (CI) 6.58 to 14.62). The estimate was lower in observational multivariate regression: 3.48 U/L GGT per alcohol unit per day (95% CI 2.84 to 4.11) adjusted for age, education, physical activity and smoking. In women, rs671 was not associated with alcohol or GGT and the F-statistic was 7 precluding IV analysis.
In Mendelian randomization, we found confirmative evidence that alcohol use increases GGT among Southern Chinese men. Moreover, we found that the ALDH2 variant rs671 was not associated with GGT among Southern Chinese women who generally consume very low levels of alcohol. Taken together our findings strongly suggest that alcohol increases GGT, although we cannot rule out the possibility that other unknown factors may cause a different relation between alcohol and GGT in other populations.
PLoS ONE 09/2015; 10(9):e0137790. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0137790 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Family communication is central to the family and its functioning. It is a mutual process in which family members create, share, and regulate meaning. Advancement and proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) continues to change methods of family communication. However, little is known about the use of different methods for family communication and the influence on family well-being.
We investigated the sociodemographic factors associated with different methods of family communication and how they are associated with perceived family harmony, happiness, and health (3Hs) among Chinese adults in Hong Kong.
Data came from a territory-wide probability-based telephone survey using the Family and Health Information Trend survey (FHInTs). Frequency of family communication using different methods (ie, face-to-face, phone, instant messaging [IM], social media sites, and email) were recoded and classified as frequent (always/sometimes) and nonfrequent (seldom/never) use. Family well-being was measured using 3 questions of perceived family harmony, happiness, and health with higher scores indicating better family well-being. Adjusted odds ratios for family communication methods by sociodemographic characteristics and adjusted beta coefficients for family well-being by communication methods were calculated.
A total of 1502 adults were surveyed. Face-to-face (94.85%, 1408/1484) was the most frequent means of communication followed by phone (78.08%, 796/1484), IM (53.64%, 796/1484), social media sites (17.60%, 261/1484), and email (13.39%, 198/1484). Younger age was associated with the use of phone, IM, and social media sites for family communication. Higher educational attainment was associated with more frequent use of all modes of communication, whereas higher family income was only significantly associated with more frequent use of IM and email (P=.001). Face-to-face (beta 0.65, 95% CI 0.33-0.97) and phone use (beta 0.20, 95% CI 0.02-0.38) for family communication were associated with significantly higher levels of perceived family well-being.
Socioeconomic disparities in using these information and communication technologies (ICT) methods for family communication were observed. Although traditional methods remain as the main platform for family communication and were associated with better family well-being, a notable proportion of respondents are using new ICT methods, which were not associated with perceived family well-being. Because ICTs will continue to diversify modes of family communication, more research is needed to understand the impact of ICTs on family communication and well-being.
Journal of Medical Internet Research 08/2015; 17(8):e207. DOI:10.2196/jmir.4722 · 3.43 Impact Factor
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To examine the adjusted associations of fruit consumption and vegetable consumption with the Framingham score and its components in the non-Western setting of Southern China, considering health status.
Linear regression was used to assess the cross-sectional associations of fruit and vegetable consumption with the Framingham score and its components, among 19,518 older Chinese (≥50 years) from the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study in Southern China (2003-2006), and whether these differed by health status.
The association of fruit consumption with the Framingham score varied by health status (P-value<0.001), but not vegetable consumption (P-value 0.51). Fruit consumption was associated with a lower Framingham score (-0.04 per portions/day, 95% confidence interval (CI) -0.08 to -0.004) among participants in poor health, adjusted for age, sex, recruitment phase, socio-economic position and lifestyle. However, similarly adjusted, fruit consumption was associated with a higher Framingham score (0.05, 95% CI 0.02 to 0.09) among participants in good health, perhaps due to a positive association of fruit consumption with fasting glucose. Similarly adjusted, vegetable consumption was associated with a higher Framingham score (0.03, 95% CI 0.01 to 0.05) among all participants, with no difference by health status.
This large study from a non-western setting found that fruit and vegetable consumption was barely associated with the Framingham score, or major CVD risk factors.
PLoS ONE 08/2015; 10(8):e0135380. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0135380 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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We examined the associations between childhood passive smoking exposure and age at menarche in women who had never smoked in southern China.
Among 30,518 participants in Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study (GBCS) from 2003-2008, 20,061 women who had never smoked and had complete outcome data were included. Childhood passive smoking exposure was defined as living with 1 or more smokers in the same household during childhood. Data on the number of smokers in the household and frequency of exposure (density and frequency) were also obtained. Age at menarche was measured as a continuous variable.
11,379 (56.7%) participants were exposed to passive smoking during childhood. Compared to those with no passive smoking exposure during childhood, those with exposure ≥5 days/week had menarche 0.19 year (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.13-0.25) earlier on average. Those exposed to more than two smokers had menarche 0.38 year earlier (95% CI: 0.29-0.47). Childhood exposure was associated with early age at menarche (≤13 vs. >13 years), with an adjusted odds ratio of 1.34 (95% CI: 1.21-1.48) for high density, and 1.17 (95% CI: 1.09-1.26) for high frequency of exposure.
Childhood passive smoking exposure was associated with earlier age at menarche, with a dose-response relationship in Chinese women who had never smoked. If causal, the results support the promotion of smoking cessation in families with children, particularly young girls.
PLoS ONE 07/2015; 10(7):e0130429. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0130429 · 3.23 Impact Factor