Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

DOMESTIC TOBACCO CONTROL POLICY: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY AMONG HEALTH CARE PROFESIONALS

Author

Jayakumary Muttappallymyalil, Jayadevan Sreedharan, Elsheba Mathew, Merlin Thomas, Teena Thomas

Institution

Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE

Abstract

Objectives: This study aims to assess the knowledge on third-hand smoke among health care professionals in a tertiary care hospital in Ajman, UAE.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among healthcare professionals in a tertiary care hospital in Ajman, UAE. A pre-tested questionnaire was used for collection of data. Data was analysed using SPSS 19 version.

Results: The mean age of the male participants was 32±8.2 years and for female 30.6±6.7years. Only 3(6.8%) males and 3 (1.7%) females replied they used to smoke at home whereas 9.1% males and 14.5% females reported that “others smoke” at home. 12 (27.3%) males and 56 (32.6%) females reported that they follow certain rules about smoking at home. Almost 25% of males and 29% females reported that smoking is not allowed in any part of the house. Only 2.3% male and 2.9% female reveled that they have a separate room for smoking at home. Whereas 15.9% males and 7.6% females revealed that smoking is allowed only in some parts of the house. A higher positive response was received from females as compared to males on the smoking rules if there is a pregnant woman at home.

Conclusion: The study highlights the need for strengthening domestic tobacco control policy.