Tobacco use by university students, Lebanon, 2001

Hala Tamim, Abdallah Terro, Hania Kassem, Adline Ghazi, Tarek Abou Khamis, Maher M. Abdul Hay, Umayya Musharrafieh

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Aims: The objective was to determine the prevalence of smoking [cigarettes and/or narghile (i.e. water-pipe)] among university students and to examine multiple correlates. Design: Cross-sectional. Setting: Beirut, Lebanon. Participants: A proportionate random sample of 1964 students from public and private universities in Beirut, Lebanon. Measurements: Participants completed a self-administered anonymous questionnaire that included demographic and scholastic items and health behavioral aspects, including smoking, alcohol, physical activity, weight control measures and seat belt use. Findings: The overall prevalence of smoking was 40% (21.1%, 7.6% and 11.3% of the students were smoking only narghile, only cigarettes and both cigarettes and narghile, respectively). Regression analyses showed that males, those of non-Lebanese origin, pursuing undergraduate degrees, performing risky weight control measures and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol had increased odds of smoking cigarettes. Also, age, high level of paternal education and field of study were significant predictors. Narghile smoking was significantly higher among males who drank excessive alcohol. Conclusions: The authors advocate a collaborative effort to alleviate the consequences of smoking among university students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)933-939
Number of pages7
JournalAddiction
Volume98
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Lebanon
Tobacco Use
Smoking
Students
Alcohols
Tobacco Products
Seat Belts
Weights and Measures
Drinking
Regression Analysis
Demography
Exercise
Education
Water
Health

Keywords

  • Cigarettes
  • Lebanon
  • Narghile
  • Smoke
  • University students

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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Tamim, H., Terro, A., Kassem, H., Ghazi, A., Khamis, T. A., Abdul Hay, M. M., & Musharrafieh, U. (2003). Tobacco use by university students, Lebanon, 2001. Addiction, 98(7), 933-939. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1360-0443.2003.00413.x

Tobacco use by university students, Lebanon, 2001. / Tamim, Hala; Terro, Abdallah; Kassem, Hania; Ghazi, Adline; Khamis, Tarek Abou; Abdul Hay, Maher M.; Musharrafieh, Umayya.

In: Addiction, Vol. 98, No. 7, 01.07.2003, p. 933-939.

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Tamim, H, Terro, A, Kassem, H, Ghazi, A, Khamis, TA, Abdul Hay, MM & Musharrafieh, U 2003, 'Tobacco use by university students, Lebanon, 2001', Addiction, vol. 98, no. 7, pp. 933-939. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1360-0443.2003.00413.x
Tamim H, Terro A, Kassem H, Ghazi A, Khamis TA, Abdul Hay MM et al. Tobacco use by university students, Lebanon, 2001. Addiction. 2003 Jul 1;98(7):933-939. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1360-0443.2003.00413.x
Tamim, Hala ; Terro, Abdallah ; Kassem, Hania ; Ghazi, Adline ; Khamis, Tarek Abou ; Abdul Hay, Maher M. ; Musharrafieh, Umayya. / Tobacco use by university students, Lebanon, 2001. In: Addiction. 2003 ; Vol. 98, No. 7. pp. 933-939.
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