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Jalilvand M, Nikmanesh Z, Kazemi Y, Emamhadi M A. Smokeless Tobacco Use among University Students: A Cross-Sectional Study in Iran, Sistan Baloochestan Province, 2008. IJPBS. 2010; 4 (1) :23-29
URL: http://ijpbs.mazums.ac.ir/article-1-88-en.html
Abstract:   (9105 Views)
Ôbjective: Ït is well known that tobacco smoking is a major preventable cause of morbidity and mortality. Üse of smokeless tobacco such as Paan, Nass, Gutka, and Tumbaku is common in South and Southeast Âsia but not in Ïran, where it is not considered as a normal cultural habit.
Methods: Â cross-sectional study was carried out in five colleges of Sistan Baloochestan, the Southeastern province of Ïran. Three hundred fifty four students, who were selected by convenient sampling, completed a peer reviewed, pre-tested, self-administered questionnaire. The Çhi square test and logistic regression analyses were applied.
Results: Thirty nine (11 %) students were lifetime users of smokeless tobacco among which nineteen (5.4%) were occasional users, seven (2 %) were current users and thirteen (3.6%) fulfilled the criterion for established users. Paan was the most commonly used form of smokeless tobacco followed by Nass. Ôn univariate analysis, lifetime use of smokeless tobacco showed significant associations with the use of cigarettes, student gender (Male > Female), individual condition (native > guest) and kind of the college (engineering > psychology).
Çonclusion: The use of smokeless tobacco among students should not be ignored. The governments should add preventive measures against smokeless tobacco use to the existing law against cigarette smoking.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Psychiatry
Received: 2012/05/27 | Accepted: 2014/01/6 | Published: 2014/01/6

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