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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

Social Aspects of Smoking among Medical Students

Natalia V. Radkevich, MD, Prevention, Russian Cancer Resarch Center, Kashirskoe shosse 24, Moscow, Russia

Objective: study of social aspects of smoking among Moscow medical students in 2002-2003.

Methods: sociological, statistical

Results: We established that prevalence of smoking was 32%. The basic motives of smoking are the following: «smoking help me remove a stress» (about 60%), «smoking rise capacity for work » (about 32%), and «smoking help me to spend a free time» (about 31%). Primary cause prohibit from quit of smoking among young men is that they do not own a technique of quit of smoking, among girls it is more emotional reason - they simply don't want to quit to smoke. The analysis of smoking behavior of students has shown, that young men and girls more often smoke in the company smoking, than non-smoking friends. Over 60% of young men 19% girls usually smoking at the present of children (p<0,05). At the presence of patients smoke 33% of young men and 17% girls (p<0,05). Almost 30% of medical students disagree that quit of smoking will improve a state of health. Only 65% of respondents have noted that fact, that smoking people are sick more often, than non-smokers. 90% of respondents agreed that smoking pregnant harms to the child The attention that fact pays to itself that 40% of the students agree with teachers should prohibit of smoking in institute as it will help to lower prevalence of smoking.