Smoking prevalence, knowledge and attitudes among medical students in Karachi, Pakistan

F. M. Khan, S. J. Husain, A. Laeeq, A. Awais, S. F. Hussain, Javaid A. Khan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

28 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

A survey of smoking prevalence and attitudes was made among medical students randomly selected from classes at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. Of 271 respondents, 14.4% were current smokers (22.0% male and 3.8% females) and 3.3% ex-smokers. A majority of students recognized the dangers associated with active as well as passive smoking although only 55% of current smokers planned to quit in the near future. Most smokers (96%) believed that they as well as other health professionals needed training on smoking cessation and 95% of all students believed that doctors should play a role model in smoking cessation by not smoking themselves. Specific training and counselling should be a part of the required curriculum at medical schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)952-958
Number of pages7
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Volume11
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Smoking prevalence, knowledge and attitudes among medical students in Karachi, Pakistan'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this