Secondhand smoke in the home and Pap testing among Vietnamese American women

Nadine L. Chan, Yutaka Yasui, Beti Thompson, Victoria M. Taylor, Shin-Ping Tu, Hoai Do, Jeffrey R. Harris, J. Carey Jackson

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The purpose of this study was to report the prevalence of Vietnamese households with smokers and examine Papanicolau (Pap) testing among Vietnamese American women living in households with and without smokers. In 2002, we surveyed Vietnamese between 18 and 64 years of age from a population-based sample of randomly selected households in Seattle, Washington zip codes known to have a high density of Vietnamese residents. The response rate among eligible households was 82%, and our sample included 418 households. We used two measures of Pap testing: ever had a Pap test and had one in the last two years. Household smoking status was categorized as current smoker in the house vs. no current smoker in the house. Overall, 47% of Vietnamese American women lived with a current smoker in the household, 73% had ever received a Pap test, and 63% received one in the last two years. Pap testing behavior varied only slightly by household smoking status, and the findings were not statistically significant. With nearly half of Vietnamese women in our study currently living with smokers, future studies should examine the relationship between secondhand smoke at home and other health behaviors in Vietnamese American households.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-182
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Pap testing
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Vietnamese Americans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Cancer Research


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