Smoking habits of students in secondary health institutes in Riyadh
City, Saudi Arabia.
College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud
University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The smoking habits of all male and female students
enrolled in Riyadh Secondary Health Institutes of the Ministry of Health
in 1990 were studied using a self-administered questionnaire. The
overall smoking prevalence was 22%. Cigarettes were virtually the only
form of tobacco used. Males smoked about twice the females in terms of
prevalence (24% and 14%) and intensity (14 and 6 cigarettes per day).
The majority of smokers for both sexes started the habit at or before
the age of 16 years and the majority of them thought seriously about
quitting and attempted to quit but only 12% of them were so far
successful. Psychologic pressures, smoking contacts and foreign travel
were important factors in relapses. Religious, health and professional
considerations were the most important motives for attempting to quit
the habit among smokers and for not attempting the habit itself for the
PMID: 8320691 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]