International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 5, Issue 8, Part B (2019)
Prevalence and risk factors of smoking among high school female students in Arar, Saudi Arabia
Eman Alruwaili, Nora Aljasser and Mostafa Abbas Kofi
Smoking is the leading global cause of preventable deaths. Studies have shown that smoking initiation during childhood increases the likelihood of continued smoking during adulthood and decreases the chance of quitting. Many previous researches have been conducted in different regions of Saudi Arabia to identify the prevalence of smoking among males; few studies included females in different area but no studies have been conducted among female at northern border of KSA. This study aimed to determining the prevalence of smoking and identify risk factors among high school female students in Arar, KSA 2018.
Methods: This cross sectional study Included 365 female students from high schools in Arar city selected randomly. The age of the students ranged from 14 to 17 years. Data was collected by an Arabic questionnaire and was analyzed by using statistical package of social science (SPSS) version 25.
Results: The results showed that the percentage of students who had previously smoked cigarettes was 19.2% (70 students out of 365) 92.8% of them were Saudis. As the most important age to start smoking is at 17 years and older most of them on grade 11. Over half of the smokers participants 46 of 70 (65.7%) have a relative who smoke at home. Unfortunately, 81.5% of the smoker students attempted to quit smoking.
Conclusion: there is need to increase the level of awareness as well as smoking cessation programs directed the adolescents to cub the problem of smoking in this region.
How to cite this article:
Eman Alruwaili, Nora Aljasser and Mostafa Abbas Kofi. Prevalence and risk factors of smoking among high school female students in Arar, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Applied Research. 2019; 5(8): 85-90.