Prevalence of cigarette smoking and cessation among 15 years old and older people in Kayapınar district of Diyarbakır
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Sağlık Bakanlığı, Ankara, Turkey
Dicle University, Diyarbakır, Turkey
Publication date: 2018-10-03
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Mehmet N. Gördük   

Sağlık Bakanlığı, Ankara, Turkey
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2018;16(Suppl 3):A115
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Smoking addiction is among the most important research areas of public health science because of its preventable nature. To prevent this addiction and to overcome its harms to public health, economy and the environment, scientists should be aware of the answers what is the prevalence of smoking and what is the cessation rates. This cross-sectional research studies the prevalence of cigarette smoking and cessation among 15 years old and older people registered at 17th Family Health Center in Kayapınar district of Diyarbakır. 309 people sampled systematically among universe of 5880 people in this region. The survey results show that 30.4 percent of the participants do smoke, while 14.6 percent are ex-smokers and the remaining 55 percent has never smoked. %62,3 of men smoked in one part of their life or still smoking while this percent is %24,6 for women(p=0,000). This study shows that education level is also associated with starting smoking. %57,3 of people who went primary school at most had smoked or still smoking; for people who went college at least this percent is %35,9 (p=0,014). Fortunately, 52.1 percent of smokers has stated that they are planning to quit smoking. Since there is expanding awareness about the dangers of cigarette among the public and most of the smokers do want to quit smoking, the researches should identify the factors affecting smoking initiation and cessation and consequently precautionary measures should be taken to protect the public from cigarette addiction.
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