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Practicing Tobacco Smoking Habit among Students of Technical Institute of Mosul, 2018

Rafah F. Ali, Nineva Health Directorate, Mosul, Iraq. Riyadh A. Jerjes, Nineva Health Directorate, Mosul, Iraq. Correspondence author: Rafah F. Ali, Nineva Health Directorate, Mosul, Iraq.

Journal Title:Aalborg Academy Journal of Medical Sciences

Aim: To determine the frequency of practicing tobacco smoking among students. Materials and methods: The study was conducted on a sample of 2000 subjects from the second stage students at the Technical Institute / Mosul for the study of smoking. The information gathered using a predesigned questionnaire. Results: The results show that approximately, the age of students between 21-23 years represents approximately 65% of the sample size and almost equally among males and females, 75% of them from the governorate center. The percentage of non-smokers was 72% and this percentage was reduced to approximately 50% if females were excluded from the study, while the daily smokers and smokers were divided between 15 and 13% respectively. Approximately 23% of smokers tried smoking after the age of 15 years, and the daily smoking rate for the last 30 days of study was 11.5%. As for hookah smoking, non-smokers were relatively high at more than 78%. More than 95 percent said smoking was harmful to public health. In terms of smoking prevention guidelines, both through health institutions and the media, the rates were 32 and 59%, respectively. Conclusion: This study indicated that tobacco smoking practiced in 28% of the studied study cohort and 15.1% are daily smoking. Key words: College students, Smoking, Hookah, Tobacco.