Original Article

IJMDC. 2019; 3(5): 441-445

Pattern, knowledge, and attitude of smoking among medical students in Saudi Arabia

Authors: Raid Awad Alshehri, Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Alwakeel, Omar Atallah Alatawi, Ali Muteb Albalwi, Abdulhadi Turki Alsubaie, Naif Hussain Hamdi, Hyder Osman Mirghan.

ABSTRACT

Background: Tobacco is the second cause of death; its usage, especially in the form of cigarettes is alarmingly increasing, especially among young age group. The current study was conducted to assess the pattern, knowledge, and attitude of smoking among medical students in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. Methodology: This cross-sectional study conducted was among 287 students in the Medical College, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia during the period from March 2016 to April 2017. The participants responded to a structured questionnaire enquiring about demographic data, class, type, frequency, and duration of the smoking, the age when smoking started, and the desire to quit. Apart from this, data were also collected regarding the attitude toward smoking at home, in public places, or next to non-smokers to assess the studentís attitude. Studentís t-test was used to compare smokers and non-smokers. Results: Among the total participants (64.5% males), 22% were either smokers or ex-smokers, nearly half were passive smokers, 95.8% were aware of the harmful effects of smoking, the majority of smokers had the desire to quit smoking. Non-smokers had a more positive attitude toward smoking at home, in public places, and around non-smokers with a highly significant statistical difference, smoking peaked in the third class and was seen more common among males (p-value < 0.001). Conclusion: The majority of students knew the harmful effects of smoking, had a desire to quit smoking, and a positive attitude regarding the measures to prevent passive smoking but this attitude was not translated to practice as indicated by the high rate of passive smoking.

Keywords:
Smoking, pattern, attitude, medical students, Saudi Arabia


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Pattern, knowledge, and attitude of smoking among medical students in Saudi Arabia


Authors
Raid Awad Alshehri
Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Alwakeel
Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
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Omar Atallah Alatawi
Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
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Ali Muteb Albalwi
Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulhadi Turki Alsubaie
Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
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Naif Hussain Hamdi
Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
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Hyder Osman Mirghan
Department of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, University of Tabuk, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
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. Department of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, University of Tabuk, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia; s.hyder63@hotmail.com

Publication history
Published online 01 Jan 1970
Received 03 Jan 2019
Accepted 22 Jan 2019
Published in print 24 Mar 2019

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Alshehri RA, Alwakeel AA, Alatawi OA, Albalwi AM, Alsubaie AT, Hamdi NH, Mirghan HO. Pattern, knowledge, and attitude of smoking among medical students in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2019; 3(5): 441-445. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546557742


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Alshehri RA, Alwakeel AA, Alatawi OA, Albalwi AM, Alsubaie AT, Hamdi NH, Mirghan HO. Pattern, knowledge, and attitude of smoking among medical students in Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=24470 [Access: May 08, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546557742


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Alshehri RA, Alwakeel AA, Alatawi OA, Albalwi AM, Alsubaie AT, Hamdi NH, Mirghan HO. Pattern, knowledge, and attitude of smoking among medical students in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2019; 3(5): 441-445. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546557742


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Alshehri RA, Alwakeel AA, Alatawi OA, Albalwi AM, Alsubaie AT, Hamdi NH, Mirghan HO. Pattern, knowledge, and attitude of smoking among medical students in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2019), [cited May 08, 2021]; 3(5): 441-445. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546557742


Harvard Style

Alshehri, R. A., Alwakeel, . A. A., Alatawi, . O. A., Albalwi, . A. M., Alsubaie, . A. T., Hamdi, . N. H. & Mirghan, . H. O. (2019) Pattern, knowledge, and attitude of smoking among medical students in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 3 (5), 441-445. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546557742


Turabian Style

Alshehri, Raid Awad, Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Alwakeel, Omar Atallah Alatawi, Ali Muteb Albalwi, Abdulhadi Turki Alsubaie, Naif Hussain Hamdi, and Hyder Osman Mirghan. 2019. Pattern, knowledge, and attitude of smoking among medical students in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (5), 441-445. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546557742


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Alshehri, Raid Awad, Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Alwakeel, Omar Atallah Alatawi, Ali Muteb Albalwi, Abdulhadi Turki Alsubaie, Naif Hussain Hamdi, and Hyder Osman Mirghan. "Pattern, knowledge, and attitude of smoking among medical students in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3 (2019), 441-445. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546557742


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alshehri, Raid Awad, Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Alwakeel, Omar Atallah Alatawi, Ali Muteb Albalwi, Abdulhadi Turki Alsubaie, Naif Hussain Hamdi, and Hyder Osman Mirghan. "Pattern, knowledge, and attitude of smoking among medical students in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3.5 (2019), 441-445. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546557742


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Alshehri, R. A., Alwakeel, . A. A., Alatawi, . O. A., Albalwi, . A. M., Alsubaie, . A. T., Hamdi, . N. H. & Mirghan, . H. O. (2019) Pattern, knowledge, and attitude of smoking among medical students in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (5), 441-445. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546557742


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