Thoracic Research and Practice
Original Article

The Factors that Affect Attitudes Towards Smoking Among Students Who Are Enrolled at Harran University


Harran Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Göğüs Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, Şanlıurfa


Harran Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Psikiyatri Anabilim Dalı, fianlıurfa

Thorac Res Pract 2005; 6: Toraks Dergisi 144-150
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One of the main target groups for anti-smoking campaigns are university students. It is necessary to identify the target group for a successful anti-smoking campaign. In this context, it was planned to investigate the attitudes towards smoking and level of knowledge among students, who were enrolled at Harran University, and organize an anti-smoking campaign program according to the result of this investigation. The attitudes towards smoking of 780 students, who were enrolled at Harran University in 2002-2003, their knowledge about diseases related to smoking, and opinions about the laws on controlling smoking were evaluated by a questionnaire. Among these students 557 were male and 223 were female and the mean age of the group was 20.3±3.6. Of the students, 81.8% had tried smoking at least once throughout their lifetime, 43.3% were everyday smokers and 22.7% were smoking occasionally. The mean age for attempting to smoke was 14.5±2.7. The prevalence of smoking among the male students (48.8%) was higher than among the female students (29.6%) (p<0.0001). Smoking habits of the students were not related with the educational status of their parents (p>0.05). There was not a statistically significant relation between economical status of the family and smoking (p>0.05). A correlation was observed between smoking habits of the students and of their fathers and of the brothers (p<0.0001). As a result, we found in our study, that the main cause of smoking in youngsters is influence of family and friends.

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