Smoking Behaviours and Attitudes Toward Tobacco Control Among Assistant Environmental Health Officer Trainees

Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2013 Dec;17(12):1652-5. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.12.0241.


Assistant environmental health officers (AEHO) are health care providers (HCPs) who act as enforcers, educators and trusted role models for the public. This is the first study to explore smoking behaviour and attitudes toward tobacco control among future HCPs. Almost 30% of AEHO trainees did not know the role of AEHOs in counselling smokers to stop smoking, but 91% agreed they should not smoke before advising others not to do so. The majority agreed that tobacco control regulations may be used as a means of reducing the prevalence of smoking. Future AEHOs had positive attitudes toward tobacco regulations but lacked understanding of their responsibility in tobacco control measures.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Environmental Health*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Prevalence
  • Professional Role
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Workforce
  • Young Adult