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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



Friday, July 14, 2006 - 1:30 PM
110-1

Smoking Rates and Related Risk Factors among Youth: Survey Study in Bursa, Turkey

Yesim Uncu, MD, Family Medicine Department, University of Uludag, School of Medicine, Gorukle, Bursa, 16059, Turkey, Emel Irgil, Public Health Department, University of Uludag, School of Medicine, Gorukle, Bursa, 16059, Turkey, and Mehmet Karadag, Chest Disease Department, University of Uludag, School of Medicine, Gorukle, Bursa, 16059, Turkey.

Objective: Cigarette smoking continues to be a threat for global health. Number of cigarettes smoked per person tends to increase more and more each year, where the beginning age is going down. The researches related to cigarette smoking, done among young people, generally contain the high school or university period. However, studies show that students usually start smoking in the second half of the elementary school just because of curiosity or imitation. The purpose of the present study is to find out the prevalence of cigarette smoking among elementary school students in Bursa and the reasons to start smoking, also determine the characteristics of cigarette smoking of the parents.

Methods: This study has been done among seventeen elementary schools which have been chosen according to their socio-economic situations in different municipality districts and it includes 9408 students.

Results: The mean age to start smoking is 11.7. %82.9 of students who take part in this study has never smoked before, %13.4 of them has tried at least once and %3.7 of them has been smoking regularly. The most reason for smoking is just curiosity or imitation. It is determined that if the parents smoke then this is a risk factor for students to start smoking.

17% smoking rate among elementary school students is a high rate and could not be underestimated. Smoking prevention studies should also be done in this age group carefully. In addition, the effects of cigarette smoking parents, on students could be another research subject.