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Domestic violence identified as stressor associated with smoking
Date:12/19/2007

reported past and current abuse had 20%-40% increased odds of tobacco use compared with women reporting no abuse, even after controlling for factors such as income and education level. Another finding was that smoking risk increased for any adult in households where domestic violence was prevalent, regardless of whether they were personally a victim, a perpetrator or neither.

This is the first study to show a link between domestic violence and tobacco use in a developing country. It is a powerful piece of evidence that we found this same relationship in a place where poverty is endemic that had previously been shown only in wealthy nations, said Ackerson.

The study highlights yet another negative outcome of the social problem of domestic violence. This research is important in terms of both tobacco control and the campaign against domestic violence, added Subramanian. It reinforces the notion that addressing the psychological and social context is key in the fight against tobacco. Additionally, our findings provide further proof of the negative effects of domestic violence, evidence which will hopefully aid those working to address this problem.


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Contact: Todd Datz
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