Tobacco use among young Qatari population: profile, prevalence and predictors
Vishal Dogra 1, 2  
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Formely at Ministry of Public Health, Health Information and Intelligence Section, Qatar
Save the Children, Knowledge Management, India
Publish date: 2018-03-01
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2018;16(Suppl 1):A793
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Increasing tobacco consumption among young and productive population is a serious public health concern worldwide. Our study reports the profile, prevalence, and predictors of tobacco-use among young population (Age, 15-35 years) of Qatar.

We used Qatar's Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GYTS) 2013 data set. Tobacco users were defined as people reporting current use of smoking and smokeless tobacco daily or less than daily. Logistic regression models were used to establish the association between tobacco use and other predictor variables such as age, gender, place of residence, education, employment status and nationality. Ministry of Public Health, Doha approved the study protocol.

We found a sample of 4291 people aged 15-35 years. We found a sample of 493 tobacco users. Prevalence of tobacco use among young population (15-35 years) of Qatar is 11.5% (10.8% smokers; 0.7% smokeless users). Among tobacco users, 463 (96.7%) were smokers and few 30 (6.2%) were smokeless tobacco user. Very few were dual users 14 (2.9%). Majority of the tobacco users (68%) had tried to quit the tobacco consumption in past six months.
Tobacco use was significantly (p< 0.000) different among males (10%) compared to females (1.1%) The likelihood of tobacco use was significantly associated with age (adjusted OR 2.9 95%CI 1.8-4.2, education (adjusted OR 6.1 95%CI 3.4-9.7), gender (adjusted OR 13.6 95%CI 10.1-18.3), and employment (adjusted OR 8.1 95%CI 5.3-12.5).

Preventing tobacco use among young population is one of the important elements of anti-tobacco campaigns, since it is easier to prevent younger people using tobacco than to break the habit of dependency. Government of Qatar should develop and implement tobacco quitting strategies for the young and productive population.