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Cigarette and waterpipe smoking associated knowledge and behaviour among medical students in Lebanon.

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Cigarette and waterpipe smoking associated knowledge and behaviour among medical students in Lebanon.

East Mediterr Health J. 2013 Oct;19(10):861-8

Authors: Jradi H, Wewers ME, Pirie PR, Binkley PF, Ferketich K

Abstract
As future physicians capable of controlling tobacco dependence in the population, medical students are considered a main target for tobacco control interventions. This cross-sectional study reported on the prevalence of tobacco use (cigarettes and waterpipes) and associated knowledge and behaviour among 6th-year medical students in 2009-2010 from 6 medical schools in Lebanon. The self-administered questionnaire based on the Global Health Professional Survey (GHPSS) core questions also enquired about training in tobacco cessation approaches. All enrolled students were asked to participate; the response rate was 191/354 (54.3%). The prevalence of tobacco use was 26.3% for cigarettes and 29.5% for waterpipes. Smoking waterpipes was the only significant predictor for cigarette smoking and there was no difference by sex and socioeconomic status. A minority reported ever receiving any formal training in treatment approaches for tobacco dependence. Medical schools should include tobacco dependence treatment training programmes in their curriculum and discourage tobacco use.

PMID: 24313150 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]



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