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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-57

Cigarette smoking behavior among South African Indian high school students

1 Practitioner in Private Practice, Danhauser, South Africa
2 Department of Medically Applied Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa
3 Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa

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Mohammed H Cassimjee
Head of Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Natal, Durban
South Africa
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 23008583

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Objective: The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of cigarette smoking behavior (CSB) in a sample of Indian matriculation students . Methodology: All (N=325) Indian matriculation students, at high schools, in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, were included in the study. A questionnaire was administered to assess knowledge, attitudes and practice of CSB. Results and conclusion: The study showed a prevalence of 16.9%. Most smokers (98.2%) had commenced the practice after the age of 10 years. The most common reason given for CSB was experimentation (83.6%). Main influence was family members followed by teachers and advertisements. The association between smoking and lung cancer was well-known by smokers (90.7%). There was very little awareness of anti-smoking programmes or organizations. Alarmingly, there was little formal health education on the dangers of smoking in schools. The implications of these results are discussed and recommendations on decreasing CSB are made.

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