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Current smoking and secondhand smoke exposure and depression among Korean adolescents: analysis of a national cross-sectional survey
  1. Kyung-Jae Lee
  1. Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Seoul, Korea
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kyung-Jae Lee; leekj{at}sch.ac.kr

Abstract

Objectives To examine the association between cigarette smoke exposure and depression among Korean adolescents using the seventh Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey (KYRBWS).

Design Cross-sectional study.

Setting A nationally representative sample of middle and high school students across South Korea.

Participants 75 643 eligible participants across the country.

Primary outcome measures Current smoking, secondhand smoke exposure and depression.

Methodology Data were analysed from a nationally representative survey of 75 643 participants (37 873 men and 37 770 women). Data were gathered on extensive information including current smoking, secondhand smoke exposure and depression in adolescence. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to estimate the association between current smoking, secondhand smoke exposure and depression in Korean adolescents.

Results Among those who had never smoked, secondhand smoke exposure was positively associated with depression in male and female adolescents in a dose–response relation (OR 1.27, OR 1.52 in males; OR 1.25, OR 1.72 in females). Similar associations were observed among currently smoking men and women in a dose–response manner (OR 1.29, OR 1.55 in males; OR 1.22, OR 1.41 in females). These significant trends were consistently observed even after adjustments.

Conclusions We suggested that current smoking and secondhand smoke exposure were positively associated with depression in male and female adolescents. Efforts to encourage no smoking and no secondhand smoke exposure will be established for adolescents.

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Mental Health

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