What is it about?

This study looked at why many young men in rural Indonesia smoke. We found that over half of them smoke, and some factors that make them more likely to smoke include being older, having low education, and having access to magazines and radio that might have cigarette ads. This suggests that efforts are needed to reduce smoking rates among these young men in rural Indonesia.

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Why is it important?

Our study's uniqueness lies in its focus on smoking habits among young rural men in Indonesia, an understudied population. This research can inform targeted anti-smoking programs in this high-smoking region, potentially improving public health. This timeliness and potential impact make our work valuable to a broad audience interested in tobacco control in lower-middle-income countries.


This publication highlights a pressing health issue in rural Indonesia - high smoking rates among young men. It's alarming that more than half of them smoke. This research underscores the need for targeted interventions, particularly for those with lower education and exposure to media promoting smoking. Understanding these factors is vital for effective anti-smoking efforts in these communities.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: Determinants of smoking behavior among young males in rural Indonesia, International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, August 2019, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.1515/ijamh-2019-0040.
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