Author(s): Al Nohair SF
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of smoking among secondary school students in National Guard area of Riyadh, and explore the reasons for the smoking and the attitude of non-smoker toward smoking habit. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study was conducted in June 2009. By random sampling technique 255 students were enrolled from secondary school of National Guard area, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection. RESULTS: Current smokers represented 28.6\% of the students. The most common reasons for smoking were: having free time (81.6\%), for the relief of stress (63.2\%) and seeing some of their teachers smoking (61.8\%). Most of the smokers started the habit before the age of 15 years old (89\%). 84\% of non-smokers suggested to ban smoking in public places. 42.2\% of students were planning to start smoking in future. Religion was the most important reason for not smoking among non smokers. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of smoking is big enough a problem to be considered as a warning for an impending epidemic Health education provision should have a greater role in schools Governmental commitment and social support are vital if health education and awareness and especially quit smoking programs are to be implemented and sustained.
This article was published in Int J Health Sci (Qassim)
and referenced in Epidemiology: Open Access