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This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract A cross-sectional study was conducted to identify the factors related to smoking habits of adolescents among secondary school boys in Kelantan state, Malaysia.
A total of upper secondary male students from day, boarding and vocational schools were investigated using a structured questionnaire. Cluster sampling was applied to achieve the required sample size. The significant findings included: Peer influence was the major reason students gave for taking up the habit.
Religion was most often indicated by non-smokers as their reason for not smoking. Mass media was indicated as the best information source for the students to acquire knowledge about negative aspects of the smoking habit.
The authors believe an epidemic of tobacco use is imminent if drastic action is not taken, and recommend that anti-smoking campaigns with an emphasis on the religious aspect should start as early as in primary school.
Intervention programs to encourage behavior modification of adolescents are also recommended. Introduction Smoking is the single most important preventable cause of death [ 1 ].
The secondary school age is a critical period in the formation of the smoking habit. Most smokers start smoking during their adolescence or early adult years. The earlier they start to smoke, the more likely they are to become regular smokers [ 23 ].
Those concerned about the health, welfare and education of young people should be anxious to find ways to prevent them from taking up this habit. In Malaysia, with the improvement of socioeconomic status and the standard of health care, the incidence of communicable diseases has declined significantly, but other health problems are emerging.
An example of the diseases related to smoking is coronary artery disease, which now is the main cause of death in hospitals in peninsular Malaysia [ 4 ]. Adolescent and teenage smoking have been studied widely, and it has been found in developed countries that nearly one-half of school students who have reached the age of 18 have already established the habit of smoking with some degree of regularity, and it is a rather unrealistic hope on the part of adults to expect that children will abstain until reaching the adult approved age of decision [ 5 ].
Smoking is a major problem among youth in Malaysia. Schooling is the major activity of most children between the ages of 7 and 17 years and school is the place where most of them socialize outside their home environment for the first time.
A school is the place where much knowledge is obtained, attitudes are formed and sometimes habits are chosen. Studies have demonstrated that the secondary school age is a critical period in the formation of the smoking habit [ 7 ].
Experimenting with cigarettes often begins during childhood or early adolescence and there is usually a period of about 1. Schooling is compulsory in Malaysia.
A child enters school at the age of 7 and attends primary school for six years, after which he enters lower secondary school Form I—III.
Those who fail repeat Form III, go to vocational or private schools, or drop out of school [ 10 ]. A number of factors influence an individual to start smoking. Lack of awareness and knowledge have been reported as contributing factors based on studies in the past.
This study aimed to highlight environmental, religious and other factors influencing smoking in male adolescents in secondary schools. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted during January through June Applying the cluster sampling method, Form IV and V upper secondary male students from three different schools day, boarding and vocational were included in the study.
The reason for selecting different schools was to examine smoking habits in relation to the nature of the schools attended by the students.Published since by the Society for the Study of Addiction.
Editor-in-Chief, Robert West. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of smoking and to describe the habits, attitudes, and practices related to smoking among students of Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Irbid, Jordan.
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