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Khayati F, Ghamari D, Mahmoudi H, Karimi A, Haji Sahneh S. Prevalence and causes of tobacco use in students of Islamic Azad University of Kurdistan Province. Zanko J Med Sci 2021; 22 (74) :26-35
URL: http://zanko.muk.ac.ir/article-1-578-en.html
Assistant Professor of Health Education, School of Health, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj, Iran
Abstract:   (1424 Views)
Background and Aim: Tobacco use and addiction are one of the most important social, health and political challenges in the world. In this regard, adolescents and young people are the most vulnerable groups. In the present study, while examining the prevalence of smoking, personal factors and motivations related to the onset and continuation of smoking were examined.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed on 258 first year students of Islamic Azad University in Kurdistan province in 2019. Samples were selected by simple census and random sampling. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire. Data were analyzed using SPSS software (version 21).
Results: Among the students, 47.46% had tried cigarettes and 51.4% had tried hookah during their lifetime. In the last 30 days, 15.06% and 14.17% had smoked cigarettes and hookah respectively. By the age of 13, 11.4% and 6.5% of students had started cigarettes and hookah use, respectively. The most important motivation to start and continue smoking was having fun and entertainment. Among current users, 50% of smokers and 20.59% of hookah users tended to quit.
Conclusion: The results showed that the prevalence of smoking among students was high and alarming. The most important motivation to start and continue smoking was having fun and entertainment. Therefore, the deputy of students and cultural affairs and other relevant organizations should plan various entertainment programs for students.
Keywords: Students, Tobacco, Iran
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2021/09/5 | Accepted: 2021/12/11 | ePublished: 2021/12/19

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