Effect of Company during Academic Years on Habit of Cigarette Smoking among Doctors
Objective: To assess the effect of company during academic years on the habit of cigarette smoking.
Materials and Methods: This Cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in130 doctors from three different hospitals of Lahore. Written consent was taken; participants were questioned about smoking habit. Data was analyzed using SPSS20.
Result: Doctors (all smokers) were questioned about smoking habits. Response rate was 100%. The greatest percentage of Doctors started smoking due to influence of friends and family (65%). Majority of them stayed in private hostels (58%) and flats (29%) during their academic years. These doctors showed greater tendency towards smoking than the doctors that stayed with their family/children (15%).
Conclusion: Our results showed a marked tendency of tobacco smoking in doctors living without their families/children in Lahore. Majorities have the smokers in their friend’s circle and had started smoking under influence of them. Doctors who lived in private
flats/hostels showed increase in tobacco use than who lived in the houses.
Key words: Cigarette smoking, Hostelites, Smokers in friends and family.
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