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Knowledge, Attitude and Practices about Waterpipe Smoking in University Students
Ayhan AKTAŞ, Seyhan HIDIROĞLU, Melda KARAVUŞ
Marmara Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Halk Sağlığı Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye

Objective: In the recent years, there is an important increase in tobacco consumption in the form of waterpipe, especially among younger people, in Turkey. This study aimed to determine the knowledge, attitude and practices of university students regarding waterpipe smoking.

Material and Method: From a faculty of medicine and a faculty of fine arts, in total, 156 students participated in this study. The data was collected with face to face interviews using a questionnaire containing 26 questions.

Results: Of the total participants, 52.6% were men; the age range was between 18 and 34 and the average age was 23.84±2.60. Fourty-five point nine percent of women and 48.8% of men were waterpipe smokers. While the rate of waterpipe smoking among medical students was 34%, among the fine art students it was 67.7% (p <0.001). The rate of waterpipe smoking was 76.3% among current cigarette smokers, and 28.2% among nonsmokers (p <0.001). The reason to start waterpipe smoking was declared as adaptation to the social environment by 40.5 % as the desire for the taste of the aroma by 23 %.

Conclusion: In conclusion, the rate of waterpipe smoking was considerably high among university students; and the rate was significantly higher among those who are also cigarette smokers. The study pointed out that the reasons to start waterpipe smoking were adaptation to social atmosphere and desire for the taste of the aroma in the waterpipes. Therefore, there is a need to have relevant interventions to stop further spread of waterpipe smoking.


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