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ICV 2019: 92.11

International Journal of Applied Dental Sciences

2021, Vol. 7 Issue 1, Part D

Perceptions and practices of water pipe (Sheesha) smoking among medical, dental and pharmacy students

AUTHOR(S): Dr. Bushra ul Anne Syed, Dr. Anita Jumani, Dr. Nazish Ashfaq Khan, Dr. Amina Usmani and Dr. Sabar Sardar
ABSTRACT:Objective: To determine the perception and practices of waterpipe (sheesha) smoking among Medical, Dental and pharmacy students.
Introduction: Waterpipe (Sheesha) smoking is on the rise among the youth, all over the world. Various Cafes and restaurants have been established which serve waterpipe (sheesha). Although common among all age groups it is particularly popular among teenagers who are oblivious to the health problems and dangers associated with waterpipe (sheesha) smoking.
Study Design: Cross sectional study.
Place and duration: This study was conducted in Baqai medical university and Dow University of health sciences from 1st June 2013 to 31st March 2014.
Materials and Methods: A total of 300 students of all classes were selected by systematic random sampling technique (every 3rd student was taken). Unwilling and non-cooperative students were excluded. All the students were subjected to fill a pre-design and prepared questionnaire designed to find out the perceptions and practices of students regarding waterpipe (sheesha) smoking.
Results: The study showed that 138 (46%) of the students exactly involved in the practice of waterpipe (sheesha) smoking. 53(38%) D-pharm student while 48(35%) MBBS student and 37(27%) BDS students are involved in this practice.85 (28.3%) of the students used to smoke waterpipe (sheesha) in a café. 263 (87.7%) out of 300 students knew about the hazards of waterpipe (sheesha) smoking.
Conclusion: D-pharmacy students are mostly involved while MBBS are less involved and BDS are least involved. Most students knew about waterpipe (sheesha) and its hazards, more than half of them were involved in waterpipe (sheesha) smoking. Most of the students started smoking waterpipe (sheesha) because their friends smoked.
Pages: 268-271  |  187 Views  11 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Dr. Bushra ul Anne Syed, Dr. Anita Jumani, Dr. Nazish Ashfaq Khan, Dr. Amina Usmani, Dr. Sabar Sardar. Perceptions and practices of water pipe (Sheesha) smoking among medical, dental and pharmacy students. Int J Appl Dent Sci 2021;7(1):268-271. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22271/oral.2021.v7.i1d.1143
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