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Title: Epidemiological study on tobacco smoking among university students in Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Authors: Al Kubaisy, W.
Abdullah, N.N.
Al Nuaimy, H.
Halawany, G.
Kurdy, S.
Issue Date: 2012
Language: English
Abstract: There is a lack of data on tobacco use in the Syrian Arab Republic. This cross-sectional questionnaire survey estimated the prevalence of smoking among university students in Damascus and identified factors related to smoking. Among the 583 respondents, the overall prevalence of cigarette smoking was 20.8%. The mean age of smokers [25 [SD 2.2] years] was significantly higher than non-smokers [21 [SD 1.8] years]. Smoking prevalence among males [26.1%] was significantly higher than among females [9.5%]. However, female students consumed a significantly higher number of cigarettes per day than did males [mean 21 [SD 5] versus 9 [SD 2]]. The smoking prevalence among students in non-health faculties [27.8%] was significantly higher than that of health professional students [14.5%] and was higher among students living away from their families [27.8%] than those living with their families [16.2%]. The study raised concerns about smoking in student residences and women's smoking patterns
Description: 723-727
ISSN: 1020-3397
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