Characteristics No (%)
Region (n=5961)  
Central   736 (12.3)
North   1553 (26.0)
South 1687 (28.3)
East  1435 (24.1)
West 550 (9.2)
Age (in years) (n=5775)  
< 10 82 (1.4)
11–15 3805 (65.9)
16–20 1877 (32.5)
> 20 11 (0.2)
Nationality: (n=5776)  
Saudi 4833 (83.7)
Non-Saudi 943 (16.3)
Educational level (n=5882)  
Primary 2034 (34.6)
Preparatory 2171 (36.9)
High – Scientific  1341 (22.8)
High – Arts 336 (5.7)
Living with (n=5842)  
Parents 5375 (92)
Motheronly  200 (3.4)
Father only  85  (1.5)
Family (not parents    72  (1.2)
Others 110 (1.9)
Pocket Money (n=5787)  
No pocket money 250 (4.3)
5 to 9 Saudi Riyals 2054 (35.5)
10 to 50 Saudi Riyals 1454 (25.1)
>50 Saudi Riyals 855 (14.8)
No response  1174 (20.3)
Educational level of (father) (n=5301)  
Does not read or write  114 (2.7)
Reads and write only  351 (6.6)
Completed primary education 314 (5.9)
Completed preparatory education 518 (9.8)
Completed high school education 1118 (21.1)
Completed university education    1569 (29.6)
Holds a postgraduate degree 1287 (24.3)
Educational level of (mother) (n=5374)  
Does not read or write                   363 (6.8)
Reads and write only 575 (10.7)
Completed primary education 461 (8.6)
Completed preparatory education 660 (12.3)
Completed high school education 1197 (22.3)
Completed university education    1512 (28.1)
Holds a postgraduate degree 606 (11.3)
Father smoke (n=5643)  
Yes  1185 (21)
No   4458 (79)
Mother Smoke (n=5701)  
 Yes 124(2.2)
 No 5577(97.8)
Brother Smoke(n=3034)  
Yes 1098(36.2)
No 1936(63.8)
Sister smoke (n=2413)  
Yes 24 (1.0)
No   2389(99)
Friends smoke (n=5727)  
None 3658(63.9)
Some of them   1542(26.9)
Most of them 375(6.5)
All of them 152(2.7)
Table 1: Distribution of socio-demographic characteristics and smoking pattern of school children and their family members.
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