The perspective of the adult’s on exposure to passive smoking on their children in the rural area, Bangladesh: A qualitative approach

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Rishad Choudhury Robin
Rubina Rafat Chaity
ASM Ishtiak
Narongsak Noosorn


Introduction: Passive smoking exposure is a global public health issue. Children are the most vulnerable population considering the geographical situation. In Bangladesh, the prevalence of exposure among children is 40.0% which indicated a significant public health concern. The study aimed to explore individuals’ perspectives to exposer of passive smoking among children living in rural households in Bangladesh. Method: Qualitative approach was executed between May  and September 2018 in selected participants living in six villages of Munshigonj District, Bangladesh. Data was collected through 16 in-depth interviews and three heterogeneous focus group discussions. Participants’ aged was 18 years or above who met the inclusion criteria. The analyses were performed by thematic and content analyses. Result: Perspectives on negative attitudes, lack of knowledge, smoke-free rules, some traits of social norms, poor social awareness, and religious faith of participants were related to passive smoking exposure to their children. Conclusion: The government should take more interventions, especially in adjusting social norms, improving knowledge and awareness related to the impacts of smoking to reduce exposure to passive smoking among rural children and ensure a healthy life.  


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Robin, R. C., Chaity, R. R. ., Ishtiak, A. ., & Noosorn, N. (2021). The perspective of the adult’s on exposure to passive smoking on their children in the rural area, Bangladesh: A qualitative approach . Journal of Health Science and Alternative Medicine, 3(3), 14–21.
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