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Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking Usage among Adolescent Students in Northern Saudi Arabia
- Algorinees, Rakan Mosa (College of Medicine, University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)) ;
- Alreshidi, Ibrahim Ghazy Kiran (College of Medicine, University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)) ;
- Alateeq, Mohammed Fahad Mohammed (College of Medicine, University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)) ;
- Alghuraymi, Abdullah Abdulaziz Salem (College of Medicine, University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)) ;
- Alfayez, Adel Ahmed Abdulrahman (College of Medicine, University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)) ;
- Almuzaini, Fahad khaled Fahad (College of Medicine, University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)) ;
- Alsaif, Mohammed Abdulaziz Brahim (College of Medicine, University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)) ;
- Ahmed, Hussain Gadelkarim (College of Medicine, University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA))
- Published : 2016.08.01
Background: Cigarette smoking is a major public health issue in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in recent years, particularly among adolescents. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of cigarette smoking usage among adolescent students in the north of the country. Materials and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study investigated 305 adolescent students from the Northern KSA population, their ages ranging from 11 to 19 years old. Results: Of the 287 respondents, 56/287(19.5%) were found to be current smokers. Of the 56 current smokers, 14/52 (27%), 29/52 (55.8%), and 9/52 (17.2%) smoked 1-3, 4-10 and 11+cigarettes/day, respectively. For duration most had smoked for 26-36 months. Conclusions: The findings of the present study indicate that cigarette smoking use is still an important risk behavior among adolescent students. The findings of this study found a significant association of cigarette smoking usage and adolescents various believes and attitude for initiation of smoking and perception toward knowledge of other factors that contribute to the burden of tobacco use.
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