Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(3), 971-979; doi:10.3390/ijerph6030971
Article

Prevalence and Risk Factors for Initiation of Smoking in Greek High-School Students

* email, email, email and email
Received: 15 December 2008; Accepted: 14 February 2009 / Published: 2 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tobacco Smoking and Public Health)
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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
PDF Full-text Download PDF Full-Text [161 KB, uploaded 19 June 2014 01:07 CEST]

Export to BibTeX |
EndNote


MDPI and ACS Style

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.

AMA Style

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.

Chicago/Turabian Style

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.

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert