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Tobacco smoking among students of al-ghad college for applied medical sciences for male in riyadh, saudi arabia.

Authors:Haytham M. Hassan , Samy S. Mahmouda, Mansour K. Gatasha , Lotfy F Issa , Alaa Abdel-Waheda, Saad M. Kandild, Gamal Abu-Shaieshae, Mohammad T. Al-Sibai
Int J Biol Med Res. 2014; 5(4): 4468-4472  |  PDF File


ABSTRACT: This study was conducted to identify the prevalence and determinants of tobacco smoking among students of Al-Ghad College for applied medical science in Saudi Arabia (SA). Cross sectional approach was used where 156 students recruited to fill self-administered questionnaire which includes smoking status of student and their socio-demographic characters of (age, parent’s education), parents and friends smoking status, smoking perception and alcohol and illicit drug use. Current tobacco smokers constitute 42.3% of the studied students with about 34.8% were cigarette smokers only, 21.2% were shisha smokers only and 40.9% were both cigarette and shisha smokers. Smoking status was associated with age, middle school educated mothers, friends smoking, attractive smoking perception, alcohol and illicit drug abuse. This high prevalence of tobacco smoking attracts the attention to the smoking problem among private university students and the necessity of more data for proper exploration of this issue.