Results of a questionnaire about nurse students' smoking habits and knowledges in an Italian teaching school of nursing

Eur J Epidemiol. 1996 Feb;12(1):1-3. doi: 10.1007/BF00144419.


Six-hundred and sixty-two nurse students (aged 25.2 +/- 4.11 years; 153 were males) answered a self-administered, anonymous questionnaire about smoking habits and knowledges in a large urban Teaching School of Nursing. The overall response rate was 88%. Current smokers were 336 (51%), former smokers 80 (12%). Nurse students claimed to know the dangers of tobacco and nurse training seemed to modify the preferential source of information about tobacco smoking towards medical fonts; however, only a quarter of nurse students considered medical smoking cessation approaches as useful for quitting and advised patients with tobacco-related diseases against smoking.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Attitude to Health
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*