Prevalence of tobacco smoking in adults with tuberculosis in South Africa

C. Lam, N. Martinson, L. Hepp, B. Ambrose, R. Msandiwa, M. L. Wong, Benjamin Apelberg, S. Tamplin, Jonathan E. Golub

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We conducted a tobacco prevalence survey among 707 in-patients diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, South Africa. Current smoking status was expanded to include both patients who self-reported at the time of TB diagnosis and patients who stopped smoking in the 2-month period before diagnosis. Six per cent reported current smoking at the time of TB diagnosis, 26% within 2 months before TB diagnosis. Human immunodeficiency virus status (73% positive) was not associated with current smoking. Classifying current smoking status among newly diagnosed TB patients should be extended to include smoking at time of the onset of TB symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1354-1357
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013


  • Tobacco
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases


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