Prevalence of smoking among rural secondary school students in Qualyobia governorate

J Egypt Soc Parasitol. 2003 Dec;33(3 Suppl):1031-50.


A cross sectional study was carried out in two rural secondary schools in Qualyobia governorate in the academic year 2002-2003 in order to assess the students' knowledge, attitudes and practice toward smoking. An anonymous self-administered questionnaire was used. A total of 635 students, 416 males and 219 females were interviewed. The response rate was 100%. The prevalence of ever tried cigarette was 29% (40% among males and 7% among females) with a median age of initiation at 11 years of age. The prevalence of current cigarette smoking among all students was 7.7 (11.5% among males and 0% among females). Waterpipe (Shisha) smoking was reported by 19% (26% among males and 5% among females) with median age of initiation at 12 yearsof age. The risk of smoking is higher among sons of highly educated mothers (OR=3.7, 95% CI=1-12), Boy only school students have almost half the risk of smoking than mixed school male students (OR=0.4, 95% CI=0.2-0.8). On studying the effect of having a smoker family member or friends on students smoking, having a smoker friend increases the risk of male students three time (OR=3, 95%CI=2-5) while others smoking was not statistically significant. More than 90% of the students (both males and females) thought that active and passive smoking are harmful. More females than males thought smoking is addictive (89% of the females and 81% of the males) while more males than females agreed that smokers have more friends (34% of males, 26% of the females) and that smoking makes boys look handsome (8% of males, 3% of females).

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Egypt / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Health
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Students / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires