|Title:||Smoking patterns among primary health care attendees, Al-Qassim region, Saudi Arabia|
|Authors:||Al Haddad, N.S.|
Al Habeeb, T.A.
Abdel Gadir, M.H.
Al Ghamdy, Y.S.
|Abstract:||Prevalence, sociodemographic patterns and medical co-morbidity of smoking among a cross-section of primary health care [PHC] clients in Saudi Arabia were examined. We used a 44-item semistructured questionnaire to collect data from 1752 patients at 25 randomly selected PHC centres. Percentage of smoking was 52.3%. Although 85% were adult smokers, 8.6% began smoking before age 12. Smokers gave overlapping reasons to smoke including peer pressure; non-smokers gave religious and health logics against smoking. Of all smokers, 92.8% wanted to learn cessation strategies, 11.8% were ignorant of hazards and 32.4% reported manifestations of nicotine withdrawal. Besides alcohol use [13.4%], 81.8% had co-morbid physical disease|
|Keywords:||Attitude to Health|
Community Health Centers
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Primary Health Care
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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