Tabaquismo en los estudiantes de enfermería de Cataluña: hábito, actitudes y conocimientos.

Translated title of the contribution: Smoking among nursing students in Catalonia: knowledge, attitudes and practice

A. Heras Tébar, C. García Sanchón, M. C. Hernández López, N. Ballestín, M. Nebot

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OBJECTIVE: Determine the prevalence and characteristics of tobaccoism, as well as some attitudes and their knowledge about tobaccoism in nursing university students in Catalonia. METHODS: A descriptive study with transversal section has been done. A self-filling anonymous questionnaire was designed following the guidelines of the European Regional Office of the W.H.O. We selected a sample of conglomerates of classrooms at random which was stratified according to levels in all the university schools in Catalonia. The field work was performed during the first term of the academic year 1994-1995 handing the questionnaires individually to the students and collecting them once filled. In the data analysis we used the ji squared test to Pearson with the Yates' correction and the lineal tendency test of Mantel-Haenszel. RESULTS: 904 students answered the questionnaire. The global prevalence of smokers is 38.7% (IC 95%: 35.8-41.6). There were no significant differences when considering levels or sex. The prevalence of tobaccoism in students over 24 years of age is 13% higher (p <0.01) than in the group between 18 and 24 years of age. The group of daily smokers consumes an average of 12 cigarettes per day (DE: 5.9 cig/day). Significant differences were observed between smokers and nonsmokers in all the attitude variables analysed towards tobaccoism. 32% of third year students consider their knowledge is not enough in order to give advice against tobacco. CONCLUSIONS: A prevalence higher than 30% of the established objective in the Health Plan in Catalonia has been observed for the nursing professionals in the year 2000.

Translated title of the contributionSmoking among nursing students in Catalonia: knowledge, attitudes and practice
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)267-273
Number of pages7
JournalGaceta sanitaria / S.E.S.P.A.S
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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