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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

National Egyptian Medical Student Survey Part of Global Health Professional Survey (Ghps)

Nargis Albert Labib, PHD, Public Health, Cairo University Egypt, 7 st. M. Riad Abdelkader Nasr City Cairo Egypt, Cairo, Egypt, Wick Warren, PHD, office of Smoking and Health, CDC, and Nathan Jones, PHD, office of Smoking & Health, (CDC).

Objective: Healths professionals play a role in preventing tobacco initiation, quitting, inform about its health consequences and provide counseling To fill this void, the GHPS was conducted among medical students in ten countries including Egypt. To know the knowledge, attitude, practice and policy adopted towards tobacco smoking in Medical Schools.

Methods: The Egyptian Medical students GHPS was a School based survey for all 3rd year Medical students (N: 1770) attending the 14 Medical Schools during 2005.

Results: Response rate for schools was 100% for student was 93.9%. The result showed high levels of tobacco use among students (17% current smokers for cigarettes and 13.5% smoke water pipe). At the same time there is a high desire to quit smoking 66% of them 55.4% ever received help / advice to stop smoking. 31.1% think school has ban on smoking in school buildings and clinics. Nine in ten students support ban on smoking in all public places. Those who received training on smoking cessation were only 20.9%, but nine in ten students would like to receive training to help patients to quit.

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