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Reasons and Motivations for Cigarette Smoking and Barriers against Quitting Among a Sample of Young People in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- Baig, Mukhtiar (Department of Clinical Biochemistry/Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University) ;
- Bakarman, Marwan A (Department of Community and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University) ;
- Gazzaz, Zohair J (Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University) ;
- Khabaz, Mohamad N (Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University) ;
- Ahmed, Tahir J (Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University) ;
- Qureshi, Imtiaz A (Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University) ;
- Hussain, Muhammad B (Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University) ;
- Alzahrani, Ali H (Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University) ;
- Al-Shehri, Ali A (Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University) ;
- Basendwah, Mohammad A (Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University) ;
- Altherwi, Fahd B (Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University) ;
- Al-Shehri, Fahd M (Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdul Aziz University)
- Published : 2016.07.01
Background: Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of death in the world. Tobacco consumption has grave negative consequences for health so that it is important to understand the reasons and motivations towards cigarette smoking and barriers against quitting smoking among the young generation for developing effective policies to control this widespread problem. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional survey was carried out at the Faculty of Medicine, Rabigh, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A total of 438 young smokers participated from the University and the general population. Data were collected through anonymous, self-administered questionnaires in the Arabic language that contained questions about the reasons and motivations towards cigarette smoking and barriers against quitting smoking. The questionnaire also contained several questions regarding knowledge and attitude of the participants towards cigarette smoking. The data was analyzed on SPSS-16. Results: The mean age of the respondents was
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