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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 122-129

Predicting tobacco use among high school students by using the global youth tobacco survey in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


1 College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 School Health Department, Ministry of Education, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 King Abdullah International Center for Medical Research, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed S Al Moamary
College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, P.O. Box 84252, Riyadh 11671
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.98843

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Objective: To identify the predictors that lead to cigarette smoking among high school students by utilizing the global youth tobacco survey in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among high school students (grades 10-12) in Riyadh, KSA, between April 24, 2010, and June 16, 2010. Results: The response rate of the students was 92.17%. The percentage of high school students who had previously smoked cigarettes, even just 1-2 puffs, was 43.3% overall. This behavior was more common among male students (56.4%) than females (31.3%). The prevalence of students who reported that they are currently smoking at least one cigarette in the past 30 days was 19.5% (31.3% and 8.9% for males and females, respectively). "Ever smoked" status was associated with male gender (OR = 2.88, confidence interval [CI]: 2.28-3.63), parent smoking (OR = 1.70, CI: 1.25-2.30) or other member of the household smoking (OR = 2.11, CI: 1.59-2.81) who smoked, closest friends who smoked (OR = 8.17, CI: 5.56-12.00), and lack of refusal to sell cigarettes (OR = 5.68, CI: 2.09-15.48). Conclusion: Several predictors of cigarette smoking among high school students were identified.


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