Smoking prevalence, attitudes and associated factors among students in health-related Departments of Community College in rural Yemen
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School of Medicine and Health Management, Tongji Medical Collage, Wuhan, China
Institute of Urology, Department of Urology, The First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, China
Publish date: 2018-07-03
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2018;16(July):31
Tobacco smoking is a global concern and tobacco use is rising among the youth in Arab countries, such as Yemen, especially among university students. This study aims to examine the prevalence, attitudes and associated factors of smoking among college students in the rural area of Hajja, Yemen.

A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted at a community college in the Hajja province between August and December 2016. The data were collected from three health related departments (Nursing, Laboratory, and Assistant doctor). A questionnaire based on the Global Health Professional Survey and the Global Youth Tobacco Survey was answered by 380 randomly selected students.

Logistic regression analyses indicated that sex (OR=0.4, 95% CI: 0.2–0.8, p<0.05), family income (OR=2.0, 95% CI: 1.2–3.3, p<0.05), and residence (OR=0.2, 95% CI: 0.1–0.5, p<0.001), were statistically significant predictors of smoking. Smoking for peer pressure, recreation and proving manhood were all found to be highly significant (p<0.001). The results also revealed that smokers had more negative attitudes towards allowing children to smoke in the future and allowing smoking in the household (p<0.001).

Compared to similar studies on the general population, the prevalence of smoking among college students in the rural area was lower. An indication of a growth in tobacco use can be concluded, accordingly, the need for anti-smoking programmes to prevent students from initiating smoking is required.

Xinping Zhang   
School of Medicine and Health Management, Tongji Medical Collage, (HUST), Wuhan, Hubei 430030, China
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