Turkish Thoracic Journal
Original Article

Use of Tobacco Products in Turkish Children and Young People: Is there an Alarm for Hookah Use?

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Manisa Celal Bayar University, Department of Pulmonology, Manisa, Turkey

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Manisa Celal Bayar University, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Manisa, Turkey

Turk Thorac J 0; 5: 0-0
DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2019.19004
Read: 401 Downloads: 34 Published: 18 July 2019

Abstract

Objective: In recent years, it has been observed that the use of hookah, which is a tobacco product, has increased in children and young people. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of cigarette and hookah use in children and young people specific to age and gender and to define the factors relevant to the use of hookah.

 

Material and method: The study was conducted with secondary/ high school students between 11-17 years of age (Survey 1, n=4718); and with university students between 18-23 years of age (Survey 2, n=1588) as two groups, which made a total of 6306 students. The students were asked to fill in the questionnaire which consisted of questions about socio-demographic data and the use of tobacco and tobacco products.

 

Results: It was determined that the use of cigarette and hookah was high in males; and it increased as the age increased in both genders (p<0.05). It was also determined that the use of cigarette and hookah of parents and friends affected the use of cigarette and hookah in the study groups in both surveys (p<0.05). Again, it was determined that the educational level of the parents, and being at high social class were the social determiners of hookah use (p<0.05).

 

Conclusions: It is important that the fight against all tobacco products. Especially in young people, the education on the damages of tobacco and applying tobacco products starting at early ages and tobacco control models in accurate ways may provide support in this field.

 

Cite this article as: Göktalay T, Şakar Coşkun A, Havlucu Y, Dinç Horasan G. Use of Tobacco Products in Turkish Children and Young People: Is there an Alarm for Hookah Use? Turk Thorac J 2019; DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2019.19004

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