FREQUENCY OF CIGARETTE AND SHEESHA SMOKING AMONG STUDENTS OF A PRIVATE MEDICAL COLLEGE

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Muhammad Afzal
Abdul Majeed
Abrar Hussain Azad
Farwa Rizvi
Nadia Tariq

Abstract

Objective: To determine the frequency of cigarette and sheesha smokingamong students of a private medical college.

Methodology: This study was conducted at Islamabad Medical and Dentalcollege, Islamabad from April to September, 2013. A close ended questionnairewas administered to find out the frequency of cigarette and sheeshasmoking among medical students and their knowledge about hazards of smoking.

Results: In this cross sectional survey, 255 MBBS students from IslamabadMedical and Dental college, Islamabad were selected. The mean age of studentswas 21.83 ±1.657 years. The frequency of cigarette smoking was 33%,sheesha smoking 36%, and smoking of both was 24.3%. There were 16(6%)students who were ex-smokers of cigarette, 4% of sheesha and 1.6% of both.Greater part of students 32(12.5%) smoke 6 -10 cigarettes per day. Parents of42 (34.7%) students know about their smoking. Majority of the students 45(17.6%) started smoking just for fun or 25 (9.8%) to release stress. The maincause of quitting smoking in 15 (39.5%) students was medical advice or due toadvice by elders in 11 (28.9%) students. 226 (88.6%) students had awarenessabout the ill effects of smoking. According to the bulk of students 105 (41.2%)the most effective way to control smoking epidemic is health education. Somestudents 46 (18%) had an opinion of high tax on cigarettes and 27 (10.6%)compulsory pictorial warnings on cigarette packs.

Conclusion: Sheesha and cigarette smoking is very popular among medicalstudents. Most of the students know about hazards of sheesha smoking.

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Afzal M, Majeed A, Azad AH, Rizvi F, Tariq N. FREQUENCY OF CIGARETTE AND SHEESHA SMOKING AMONG STUDENTS OF A PRIVATE MEDICAL COLLEGE. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2014 Nov. 25 [cited 2022 May 21];28(4). Available from: https://www.jpmi.org.pk/index.php/jpmi/article/view/1608
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Muhammad Afzal, Islamabad Medical and Dental College, Main Murree Road, Barakahu, Islamabad.

Department of Community Medicine

Senior Research Officer