Paper Information

Journal:   PAJOUHESH DAR PEZESHKI   SUMMER 2010 , Volume 34 , Number 2; Page(s) 132 To 136.
 
Paper: 

EVALUATION OF THE SMOKING HABIT AMONG MALE STUDENTS OF ALL FACULTIES OF THE SHAHID BEHESHTI UNIVERSITY AND SHAHID BEHESHTI MEDICAL SCIENCE UNIVERSITY DURING 2008

 
 
Author(s):  HEYDARI GHOLAM REZA, RAMEZAN KHANI A., MASJEDI M.R.
 
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Abstract: 

Background: Cigarette smoking and consuming other tobacco products are the behaviors that generally start in adolescence. This study was done to evaluate the prevalence of smoking in male students of Shahid Beheshti University in 2008.
Methods: This is a questionnaire-based cross-sectional study. The questionnaires were designed in accordance with the WHO and IUATLD questionnaires validity and reliability of questionnaires were assessed in previous samples. Smoking prevalence and its determinants were evaluated using SPSS software.
Results: 1271 students including 765 (60.2%) medical students and 506 (39.8%) non-medical students were included in the study. In this population, 782 (61.5%) students had had smoking experience, among which 395 (31.1% of whole population and 50.5% of experienced smokers) smoked 100 cigarettes or the same amount of nicotine from other tobacco products. This figure increased significantly with an increase in the number of terms the students had attended the university i. e. senior students, (p=0.000). There was no significant difference between smoking 100 cigarettes in medical and non-medical students, (p=0.08). Figures for smoking experience and smoking 100 cigarettes were respectively 63.7% and 54.2% among medical students and they were 58.3% and 44.4% among non-medical students.
Conclusion: Considering the high rate of smoking experience in this population, it is essential to implement prevention programs before entrance to the universities and the increasing rate of smoking in senior years calls for educational interventions in universities.

 
Keyword(s): TOBACCO, STUDENT, SMOKING
 
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