Opinions of Turkish university students on cigarette smoking at schools


İŞLER E. İ. , ERDOĞAN ORHAN İ.

Journal of Applied Sciences, vol.7, no.19, pp.2762-2768, 2007 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 19
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.3923/jas.2007.2762.2768
  • Journal Name: Journal of Applied Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2762-2768
  • Keywords: Cigarette use, College students, Smoking, Smoking policy, Turkish students
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Cigarette smoking among college students is a critical public health problem with serious personal and social consequences. This study examined college student opinions about smoking in the student cafeteria, hallways and offices, considering smoking as freedom of choice, complying with the cigarette law and policy of universities on smoking. A sample of 1527 students (53.9% female, 46.1% male) attending to the six prestigious universities in Ankara, Turkey, completed a ten-item questionnaire. Results of the study showed that nonsmoking students reported the most favorable opinions toward the issues questioned, whereas occasional smokers and regular smokers reported the least favorable opinions. The highest level of disagreement by smokers and nonsmokers was provided for banning cigarette smoking in the cafeteria. Students generally agreed on that teachers should not smoke in the classrooms and in their offices with doors open. Recommended actions include campus-wide no-smoking policies embracing indoors and outdoors and identification and use of now ways of providing smoking prevention and cessation programs and services. © 2007 Asian Network for Scientific Information.