Prevalence and Factors Associated with Smoking among University Students in Southern Thailand
Keywords:Smoking, University, Students
The aim of the cross-sectional analytical study was 1) to study the prevalence of smoking among students and 2) to determine the factors related to smoking among students. The sample size was the regular bachelor’s degree students of Suratthani Rajabhat University consisting of 233. Multi-stage random sampling was used for the sampling method. The data was collected using were questionnaires developed by the researchers according to the conceptual framework and literature review. The Cronbach’s alpha coefficient of the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) was 0.89. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and simple logistic regression. The results were showed that the prevalence of smoking among students was 48.93 percent (95% CI: 42.46 - 55.39). Factors associated with smoking among students consisted of males (OR = 15.03; 95% CI: 6.95 - 32.50), moderate/high level of relationships with friends (OR = 11.29; 95% CI: 6.09 - 20.94) and alcohol drinking (OR = 4.75; 95% CI: 2.71 - 8.35), respectively. It concluded that that nearly half of the students in Suratthani Rajabhat University had smoking habits. In addition, gender, having a relationship with friends and alcohol drinking statistically associated with smoking among students.
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