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Prevalence and Risk Factors for Initiation of Smoking in Greek High-School Students
Laboratory for the Investigation of Environmental Diseases, Pulmonary Clinic, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Received: 15 December 2008; Accepted: 14 February 2009 / Published: 2 March 2009
Abstract: The smoking habits of 9,276 high-school students (15-18 years old) in six cities of Northern Greece were studied using a questionnaire in order to determine the prevalence and possible risk factors for initiation of smoking. We observed that 29.6% of high-school students (32.6% of boys and 26.7% of girls) were current smokers. A percentage of 43.3% had started smoking before the age of 14. Reactive behaviour towards parents’ and teachers’ advice (40.2%) and the existence of smoking friends (40.1%) were the main reasons of initiation. A well-planned integrated anti-smoking campaign is urgently required, especially among students and teachers.
Keywords: Adolescence; epidemiology; Greece; high-school students; smoking
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Sichletidis, L.T.; Chloros, D.A.; Tsiotsios, A.I.; Spyratos, D.G. Prevalence and Risk Factors for Initiation of Smoking in Greek High-School Students. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 971-979.
Sichletidis LT, Chloros DA, Tsiotsios AI, Spyratos DG. Prevalence and Risk Factors for Initiation of Smoking in Greek High-School Students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(3):971-979.
Sichletidis, Lazaros T.; Chloros, Diamantis A.; Tsiotsios, Anastasios I.; Spyratos, Dionisios G. 2009. "Prevalence and Risk Factors for Initiation of Smoking in Greek High-School Students." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 3: 971-979.