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Background

Tobacco smoking is one of the greatest causes of preventable morbidity and mortality globally, and is responsible for many causes of untimely deaths. This survey was aimed to determine prevalence and factors associated with current smoking among the students of College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University, Ethiopia.

Methods

A cross-sectional study was employed using a structured self-administered questionnaire among College of Health Sciences students in March 2013. A stratified random sampling method was employed to select study participants. Data were entered and analysed using of Statistical Package for Social Sciences SPSS version 20.0.

Results

Of the 193 students, 57 29.5% of the students were current smokers. Most of the current smokers 89.4% smoked between 1–10 sticks of cigarette per day. The two main reasons cited for smoking cigarettes were peer pressure 43.9% and to relieve stress 36.8%. Being female adjusted OR AOR = 0.49; 95% CI: 0.25, 0.95 and Tigre by ethnicity AOR = 0.32; 95% CI: 0.14, 0.74 were significantly less associated with current smoking. On the other hand, being second year students AOR = 3.84; 95% CI: 1.41, 10.46, khat chewing AOR = 8.36; 95% CI: 2.60, 26.85 and taking illicit drugs AOR = 10.59; 95% CI: 2.77, 40.51 were positively associated with current smoking cigarettes.

Conclusions

The current smoking prevalence among students in College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University is high and therefore, effective smoking prevention and cessation intervention programs are required to reduce smoking among university students.



Autor: Tadele Eticha , Feven Kidane

Fuente: http://plos.srce.hr/



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