Initiation and Quit of Smoking Among University Students in Bangladesh
Rufaida Mubaraka1, Mahmuda Ansari2, Rabeya Yasmin3, Mainul Alam Chaklader4 and Mahmud Hossain Faruquee3*
1Department of Community Medicine, Ashian Medical college, Bangladesh
2Department of Community Medicine, Popular medical college, Bangladesh
3Department of occupational and Environmental health, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences, Bangladesh
4Department of Community Medicine,Bangladesh Medical College, Bangladesh
*Corresponding Author: Mahmud Hossain Faruquee, Department of Community Medicine, Bangladesh Medical College, Bangladesh.
January 17, 2022; Published: May 19, 2022
The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to find out initiation and quit of smoking habit among the university level students of Bangladesh. A total of 374 Bangladeshi university students, aged 18-26, enrolled in this study. Among the students’ females were 191 who were never smoker, out of 183 male students 107 (58.47%) were smoker. The majority (91.3%) of the smoker and ever smoker-initiated smoking under influence of their friends. The majority (62.9%) of the smoker and ever smoker-initiated smoking under the age of 18 years. Among the self-reported health problems by the smoker respondents, chest pain (59.6%), cough (57.7%), breathing problem (57.7%), asthma (38.5%), and loss of appetite (40.4%) were prominent. among the current smoker respondents 22.3% showed their willingness to quit smoking and 77.7% yet not decided. Among the current smoker respondents 26.6% attempted to quit smoke and rest 73.4% not attempted. Among the smoker respondents it was reported that 39.4% smoke up to 10 times per day and 60.6% smoke more than 10 times per day. Health education programs is an effective tool for reducing the initiation and giving up this bad habit smoking among university students.
Keywords:Cigarette; Smoking; Asthma
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