Copyright 2006 by Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis
Quitting tobacco among students
Cedomir Sagric, Olivera Radulovic, Slobodanka Basic, Marjana Bogdanovic, Roberta Markovic and Ana Tasic
Institute of Nis*
The process of tobacco quitting is difficult besause of absence of motives to keep good health, nicotine addiction, later beginning of health damages and lack of social suport. The aim of the study was to find out: dominant type of nicotine addiction among students, basic motives for quitting and readines to use pharmaceuticals or profesional help in services which support quitting. The conducted poll comprised 280 senior students of medicine and economy, active and ex-smokers. The obtained answers are as follows: 49.4% active smokers had never tryed to quit smoking; in the group of ex-smokers, 29.3% had never tryed before the first successful attempt. The most frequent motiv for quitting is care for own health in the future time (32% active smokers and 26.3% ex-smokers). The majority of active smokers needed a month or more to quit smoking (50.9%); the same period needed for quitting was reported by 10% of ex-smokers (p < 0.005 χ2=31.59). Quitting process is mostly disturbed by staying in smoked places (67.4% active and 51.2% ex-smokers). Only 2.4% of ex-smokers have used farmaceuticals during the quitting, while 22.2% of active smokers would use farmaceuticals (χ2=8.76 Yates corrected=7.54 p < 0.05). Counselling office for help during the quitting would be used by 12.1% of actual smokers. The same type of help have used 2.4% of ex-smokers. Conclusion: the dominant type of addiction among students smokers is a heavy nikotine addiction type. Care for own health in the future is not characteristic of the students' majority. Students rarely use farmaceuticals or counselling office help during the quitting process. Acta Medica Medianae 2006;45(2):37-43.
Key words: students, smoking, quitting smoking