This study aims to explore the nature of community response to the initiation of smoking among Indonesian early adolescents. The study was a qualitative survey involving 100 selected participants (early adolescents, parents, teachers of junior high schools, and school nurses with 25 participants in each category) through snowball sampling method. Participants were interviewed with semi-structured open-ended questions. Data analysis was accomplished by the triangulation of data source. Smoking initiation arises reactive and assertive community response in rejecting negative impact of smoking-leading situation. Community response to the initiation of smoking among early adolescents has certain complex characteristics. Health professionals need to actively participate in building smoke-free community by constructing a practical model of public health nursing which is comprehensive to protect Indonesian early adolescents from negative impacts of culturally allowed smoking.
- qualitative survey
- smoking prevention