Junaid Zeb, Kishwar Ali, Rafiq Zeb, Irfan Ali, Muhammad Zeeshan, Mudassir Shah, Tasbeeh ur Rehman ur Rehman


Background: Smoking is almost a fatal habit because of its association with cancers which have high mortality. Concerning a medical student smoking is socially not acceptable for him. Our study was carried out to know the prevalence of smoking among students of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad. Methods: This cross-sectional study nd was conducted in Ayub Medical College in the 2 week of June 2014. Students of Ayub Medical College were included in the study. Relevant data was collected through questionnaire and analysed using SPSS-16. Results: The study showed that out of total 441 students, 117 were smokers and most of them were aged between 22–26 years. Out of 117 smokers, 107 (91.4%) were male students while 10 (8.6%) were females. These students have been smoking for last 1–2 years. The main reasons for smoking were tension of studies (7.5%) and enjoyment (7.1%). Conclusion: The prevalence of smoking was more among male and students residing in hostels were more affected by this habit. Mental stress and peer pressure shows a positive influence on heavy smoking. Majority of the smoker students belong to urban areas and they were willing to quit smoking.
Keywords: Smoking, Cigarette, Prevalence, Fatal habit
Stud J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad 2015;1(1):10-2

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