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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

Relationship between Tobacco Smoking by Schoolteachers and Their Knowledge about Harmful Effect of This Habit

Ewa Florek, PhD, Laboratory of Environmental Research, Department of Toxicology, University of Medical Sciences, Dojazd 30, Poznan, 60-631, Poland and Wojciech Piekoszewski, PhD, Institute of Forensic Research, Westerplatte 9, Krakow, 31-033, Poland.

Objective: Teachers are an important part of anti-tobacco education. The aim of this study was comparison of knowledge on tobacco toxicity between smoking and non-smoking teachers.

Methods: The study group consisted of 678 teachers; 215 smokers and 467 non-smokers, who participated, in the educational course about harmful effect of tobacco smoking organized by Poznan City Council. In studied group was 95% of women. They knowledge was estimated before course in questionnaire surveys.

Results: We found that 33,3 % teachers were smokers and it was a higher level than average for Polish population. Two thirds of responders were smoking from 6 to 20 cigarettes per day and they use to do this longer period of time than 15 years. Smoking teachers were older (45,56,4 years) then teacher who do not smoke (39,65,1 years). Teachers who do not smoke tobacco were manly exposures to ETS in work (school) and during social events. Non-smoking teachers have better knowledge about toxic compounds in tobacco smoke. Knowledge about tobacco-related disease, especially cancers were on satisfactory level and similar in both studied groups. However knowledge about law regulation of tobacco smoking and methods supporting smoking cessation was high in group of tobacco smoking teachers but in both groups was on low level. As a conclusion of this study we would like to stress that the knowledge on tobacco-related topics among teachers is insufficient for a proper anti-tobacco education. In the future a repeated courses for teachers on such issues should be prepared.