ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Smoking Status of Medical Students
Erkan Melih Şahin 1, Zafer Tunç 1, Fatmanur Eneç Can 1, Cahit Özer 2, Huriye Çakmak 3, Kenan Taştan 4
1Trakya Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Aile Hekimliği Anabilim Dalı, Edirne
2Mustafa Kemal Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Aile Hekimliği Anabilim Dalı, Hatay
3Denizli Sağlık Müdürlüğü, Denizli
4Elazığ Sağlık Müdürlüğü, Elazığ
Pages : 209-212


Objectives: The aim of this study is to determine the status of smoking habits and quitting behaviors of the students of Trakya University Medical Faculty.

Patients and Methods: Smoking habits, nicotine addiction, quitting motivation and behaviors were investigated in the 5th and 6th year students of Trakya University Medical Faculty in 2003-2004 academic year by a self reported questionnaire. Out of 336 students 200 (59.5%) (90 males, 110 females, mean age 24.11±1.87 years; range 21 to 34 years) were included in the study.

Results: There were 129 (64.5%) never smokers, 18 (9%) ex-smokers and 53 (26.5%) current smokers. Smoking rate was increasing with age. Nicotine addiction test scores corresponded to the least addiction. The most frequently declared reason to quit smoking were worries related to health. The most frequently declared reasons to restart smoking were stress and smoking friends. Counseling to quit smoking, nicotine replacement and drug use were very limited.

Conclusion: Counseling to quit smoking was insufficient even in this advantageous group of medical students. Action planning targeting physician candidates is immediately required to enhance national movement against smoking.

Keywords : Smoking; students medical; Turkey/epidemiology
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