Smoking Among Students in a Rural Secondary School
A cross-sectional study on the prevalence of smoking among Form 3, 4
and 5 students of a rural national co-educational school was carried out using a self administered
questionnaire. By the age of 18 years old, three quarters of boys had tried
smoking compared with 12% of girls. About a third of boys were still smokers while
only 0.''/u of girls were still smokers. There was a higher prevalence of smokers among
students who stayed with their parents and those who were working part-time. Most
smokers knew about the dangerous and addictive effect of cigarette smoking but
smoked because of "influence by school peers", "curiosity" and '"to increase concentration
and decrease tension'.
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