J Agric Med Community Health.  2009 Jun;34(1):87-100.

The Current Status and Problems of Tobacco Control Programs of Public Health Centers in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea. parksw@cu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Health Administration, Namseoul University, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
This study was conducted to suggest the way to improve the tobacco control program of public health centers in Korea.
METHODS
A survey with a self-administered questionnaire was conducted among 246 persons in charge of tobacco control work in public health centers nationwide in December, 2006. Frequency analysis was performed with a final sample of 212 respondents with SPSS 12.0 for Windows.
RESULTS
The duration of engagement in tobacco control work was less than 3 years among 86.7% of respondents, and 87.3% of respondents had other duties besides tobacco control. Almost all public health centers conducted a campaign with posters or leaflets, and smoking prevention education among adolescents. The actual priority for programs was based on the community diagnosis in only 33.5% of the cases. Only 1.9% of respondents complained lack of budget, on the other hand, 44.7% of respondents appealed insufficient number of personnel. The route of knowledge and skill was largely dependent on self-learning or information from colleague. Collaboration with other related department was done well in 39.5% of the cases. The majority of respondents was satisfied with the general support from central government.
CONCLUSIONS
To improve the tobacco control program of public health centers, it is needed the reinforcement of capacity and specialty among personnel, priority setting and performance of programs based on the scientific evidence, induction of community participation, utilization of community human resources, development of education and training course for practical skill, effective networking among departments.

Keyword

Smoking; Public health center; Program

MeSH Terms

Adolescent
Budgets
Consumer Participation
Cooperative Behavior
Fees and Charges
Hand
Humans
Korea
Public Health
Reinforcement (Psychology)
Smoke
Smoking
Surveys and Questionnaires
Tobacco
Smoke
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