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Factors Associated with Male Health Professions Students' Smoking in Inner Mongolia

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Objectives: In this study, we describe the smoking patterns of male health professions students in Inner Mongolia, China, and identify factors associated with smoking status. Methods: First- to fourth-year male health professions students (N = 1074) in Inner Mongolia Medical University were interviewed in 2017 regarding their smoking pattern and exposures potentially influencing their smoking status (current-, ex- or never-smoker). We used logistic regression to identify exposures potentially influencing their smoking status. Results: Overall, one-third were current-smokers, among whom three-fifths had moderate or high nicotine dependence. The relative probability of being a current smoker was higher with exposure to a smoking mother, being unsure of the parents' acceptance of their smoking, and witnessing teachers smoking; it was lower with better knowledge of smoking-related harm and better smoking-related risk perception. Knowledge of smoking-related harm and risk perception may have a greater impact on smoking behavior than exposure to others' smoking. Conclusion: Promoting knowledge and risk perception related to smoking, and stricter enforcement of the smoke-free policy on campus may be feasible ways to reduce smoking among male health professions students who are future practitioners.
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Keywords: HEALTH PROFESSIONS STUDENTS; RISK PERCEPTION; SMOKING; SMOKING INFLUENCES; SMOKING KNOWLEDGE

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Shiqi Wang, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Public Health, Inner Mongolia Medical University, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China 2: Alan F. Geater, Epidemiology Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hatyai, Songkhla, Thailand;, Email: [email protected] 3: Xuemei Wang, Professor, Faculty of Public Health, Inner Mongolia Medical University, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China 4: Nan Zhang, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Management, In- ner Mongolia Medical University, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China 5: Shengyun Duan, Dean of Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Inner Mongolia Medical University, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China 6: Xiaoyu Wang, Professor, Faculty of Clinical Medicine, Inner Mongolia Medical University, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China

Publication date: July 1, 2020

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