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Children’s Idea about Cigarettes and Smoking

Afshari, Poorandokht and Rakhsh Khorshid, Marzieh and Vakili, Mahdis and Jahandideh, Maryam and Ahmadi, Mehrnaz (2016) Children’s Idea about Cigarettes and Smoking. Jundishapur Journal of Chronic Disease Care, 5 (4). ISSN 2322-4207


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Tobacco smoking is attributed to pediatric disease and pediatric epidemics. This study aimed to indicate the attitudes of four- to six-year-old children toward cigarettes. Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted by a questionnaire in 2011. Hundred and forty-five, children, aged four to six years, were randomly selected from eight kindergartens located in all four areas of Ahvaz. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze demographic data, Chi-square test to compare qualitative variables and Pearson correlation coefficient to compare quantitative data. Results: Results of the study showed that 76.4% of children knew what a cigarette is; 41.2% had talked about smoking with their parents; 1.4% had asked to buy one due to the attractive appearance of cigarette packs; 27.8% imitated the act of smoking. Children’s attitude toward smoking showed that 1.4% of them took smoking as a good act, 91.4% believed that smoking was a bad act and 7.1% had no idea about smoking. Conclusions: Since parents’ behaviors affect their children, it is advisable to implement effective interventional programs to increase parents’ awareness about smoking and its harmful environmental effects.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Children’s Idea; Cigarette; Chronic Disease
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: آقای بهرام سوسنی غریب وند
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2018 07:34
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2018 07:34

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