Abdul Salam Nazmi, Pratap David, Alka Ahuja, Shah Alam Khan, Marwa Al Hakak, Joseph Francis
Abdul Salam Nazmi1*, Pratap David1, Alka Ahuja1, Shah Alam Khan1, Marwa Al Hakak1, Joseph Francis2
1College of Pharmacy, National University of Science and Technology, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
2College of Medicine and Health Sciences, National University of Science and Technology, Sohar Campus, Sultanate of Oman.
Volume - 15,
Issue - 12,
Year - 2022
Tobacco epidemic has become one of the biggest public health threats to the world as it kills more than 8 million people annually. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence and predictors of waterpipe (shisha) use among Pre-medicine and Pharmacy students in the Muscat region. A validated questionnaire containing 32 questions on shisha use, knowledge & attitudes concerning shisha use, cessation, initiation trends and exposure to second hand smoke (SHS) was self-administered to 140 students. Approximately half of the students were Omanis and 19.4% of the students had smoked shisha at least once. About 22.9% of the students, felt that smoking made them more comfortable in social gatherings. Approximately 21.6% students smoked in places outside their homes, contributing to SHS. The prevalence of shisha and cigarette smoking were 2.9% and 4.3% respectively. Males and non-Omanis (64.7% and 42.4%) were found to be more susceptible to initiate smoking within a year. This study indicated that shisha smoking and cigarette smoking are on the rise among young adults. Hence, there is a need to educate students about the harms of shisha smoking, to quit smoking and to protect the non-smokers from being initiated into this vicious habit.
Cite this article:
Abdul Salam Nazmi, Pratap David, Alka Ahuja, Shah Alam Khan, Marwa Al Hakak, Joseph Francis. Evaluation of Prevalence and Predictors of Waterpipe (Shisha) use among Pre-medicine and Pharmacy students in the Muscat Region- A Pilot Study. Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology 2022; 15(12):5841-8. doi: 10.52711/0974-360X.2022.00986
Abdul Salam Nazmi, Pratap David, Alka Ahuja, Shah Alam Khan, Marwa Al Hakak, Joseph Francis. Evaluation of Prevalence and Predictors of Waterpipe (Shisha) use among Pre-medicine and Pharmacy students in the Muscat Region- A Pilot Study. Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology 2022; 15(12):5841-8. doi: 10.52711/0974-360X.2022.00986 Available on: https://rjptonline.org/AbstractView.aspx?PID=2022-15-12-80
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