BACKGROUND: Healthcare professionals might play a significant role in tobacco control. The aims of this study were to investigate tobacco cigarette and electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) consumption among university students enrolled in courses of the healthcare area, and to understand whether training in healthcare could induce to smoking cessation. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey using a self-administered, structured questionnaire. METHODS: Tobacco smoking habits of 560 students of four different medical area courses at the University of Milan, enrolled both in the first and in the last course year during the 2017-2018 academic year, were collected. RESULTS: The prevalence of smokers was 34.8%, almost the same for males and females, and higher in Italian students compared to foreigners. Smoking prevalence was higher among employed (46.9%) than unemployed (35.1%) students, without differences between healthcare and non-healthcare workers. The influence of family, and particularly friends, is confirmed to be relevant. About 25% of respondents tried e-cigarettes, mainly smokers (44.6%) and former smokers (38.6%) with the goal of quitting smoking. More than 44% were dual users of both tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Comparing smoking habits between first-year and final-year students, only students of healthcare assistance course showed a significant drop in smoking during the university studies. CONCLUSIONS: The implementation of specific educational curricula on smoking dangers and on smoking cessation techniques might have the double effect of supporting students in quitting smoking and of properly preparing them for their future task of helping people to quit smoking.
Tobacco and e-cigarette smoking habits among Italian healthcare students / A. Prigitano, S. Binda, E. Pariani, A. Destrebecq, S. Castaldi, M. Cogliati, M.C. Esposto, L. Romano'. - In: ANNALI DI IGIENE MEDICINA PREVENTIVA E DI COMUNITÀ. - ISSN 1120-9135. - 32:6(2020 Nov 01), pp. 608-614.
|Titolo:||Tobacco and e-cigarette smoking habits among Italian healthcare students|
PRIGITANO, ANNA CRISTINA MARIA (Primo)
BINDA, SANDRO (Secondo)
ESPOSTO, MARIA CARMELA (Penultimo)
ROMANO', LUISA (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Electronic cigarettes; Healthcare students; Smoking habits; Tobacco smoking|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/42 - Igiene Generale e Applicata|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1-nov-2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.7416/ai.2020.2382|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|