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Table 2 Background information of respondents, exposure to tobacco products and tobacco consumption for selected South-Asian countries, GYTS 2007

From: A cross-country comparison of tobacco consumption among youths from selected South-Asian countries

Characteristics/Tobacco use Bangladesh (2242) Nepal (1444) Sri Lanka (1377)
No. % No. % No. %
Age in years
13 802 35.8 374 25.9 522 37.9
14 961 42.9 535 37.1 539 39.1
15 479 21.4 534 37.0 316 22.9
Gender
Female 1301 59.2 776 53.8 691 50.2
Male 897 40.8 667 46.2 685 49.8
Educational grade
Seventh 584 26.1 461 32.0 - -
Eighth 644 28.7 494 34.3 395 29.8
Ninth 581 25.9 331 23.0 520 39.1
Tenth 433 19.3 156 10.8 414 31.1
Parental tobacco use
No 1028 45.9 738 51.2 954 70.1
Yes 1210 54.1 705 48.8 406 29.9
Friends’ tobacco use
No 1711 76.3 1041 72.7 1144 84.4
Yes 531 23.7 392 27.3 211 15.6
Smoking at home in last 7 days in presence of youths
No 1463 65.3 927 64.7 874 64.6
1-4 days 385 17.2 273 19.0 380 28.1
5-7 days 392 17.5 234 16.3 100 7.4
Smoking at other places in last 7 days in presence of youths
No 1286 57.8 760 52.7 464 34.1
1-4 days 494 22.2 503 34.9 533 39.2
5-7 days 444 20.0 180 12.5 362 26.6
Offering free tobacco products by sales men
No 1938 89.0 1180 83.0 1291 97.0
Yes 240 11.0 242 17.0 40 3.0
Advertisement seen in hoarding, bus-stop, rail stations
None 593 26.5 220 15.3 438 32.6
A few 760 34.1 685 47.8 678 50.5
A lot 880 39.4 529 36.9 227 16.9
Taught in class about danger of smoking
No 1021 45.8 486 34.2 358 27.2
Yes 1211 54.2 937 65.8 958 72.8
Discussed smoking & health as part of a lesson
Never 1444 64.7 522 36.2 203 15.3
During the survey year 583 26.1 397 27.6 268 20.2
Preceding years of survey 206 9.2 520 36.2 858 64.6
Tobacco use prevalence and average daily consumption in last 30 days
Male & female 156 6.9 136 9.4 125 9.1
Male 85 9.1 101 13.2 85 12.4
Female 71 5.1 35 5.3 40 5.8
Average number of cigarettes smoke per day 0.93 1.32 3.22
Average number of bidis smoke per day 1.62 0.75 -
Average age (years) of tobacco initiation 9.6 10.24 8.61
  1. The total does not always add up due to missing values.