Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking among Adolescents in Ras Tanura Community, Saudi Arabia: A School-based Cross-Sectional Study
Background: The proportion of youth involves in cigarette smoking has been
escalating in recent years a slight few was known regarding its epidemiology in
Rastanura area. The goal of this study was to discover the
prevalence of cigarette smoking among adolescents in Rastanura Community, Saudi Arabia.
Method: Primary mode of data collection was used through a well-administered
questionnaire to the adolescent both in school and the hospital premises. A school-based
cross-sectional workup was conducted during the period of February to October 2018
of which 6 governmental intermediates and high schools’ pupils participated. A total
of two hundred and fifty (250) questionnaires was administered. The prevalence of
smoking was appraised and statistical analysis was executed including chi-square,
frequency, and percentage. The responses from the survey were analyzed using SPSS 20.
Result: The overall feedback rate was 82%,30.2%of the respondent reported
having tried smoking 29.9% were male while 4.4% female where 69.8% never smoked.
The investigations on the rate of frequency of smoking among adolescents in the
study area shown with X2 =317.837, p<0.05.
Conclusion: Findings from our survey show that the level of smoking among male adolescent
is higher than their female counterpart. The adolescents in the study area are aware
of negative impact of tobacco, but are still addicted to the act despite the knowledge
of the danger it portrays. Therefore, parents and guardian should take up the responsibility
to reduce their ward’s exposure to tobacco product and excess money that could be
used for extravagant spending. Keywords: Adolescent, Feedback, Prevalence, Smoking,
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