Tobacco smoking habits among nursing students and the influence of family and peer smoking behaviour.

Department of Public Health-Microbiology-Virology, School of Medicine, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.
Journal of Advanced Nursing (Impact Factor: 1.69). 11/2009; 66(1):33-9. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2009.05135.x
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ABSTRACT This paper is a report of a study assessing tobacco smoking habits among nursing students and how these are influenced by family members and peers.
Tobacco smoking among nursing students is a serious problem because of the public role model of these future healthcare professionals.
The smoking attitude of nursing students attending the 3 year full-time course at the University of Milan in the academic years 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 was investigated. A total of 820 students filled in the self-administered questionnaire and 812 valid questionnaires were returned. The response rate was 87%.
Forty-four percent of the 812 students were tobacco smokers and 7% former smokers. Among the smoking students 75% had at least one smoking parent, 47% had at least one smoking brother or sister and 87% saw smoking friends.
There is an urgent need to implement effective anti-smoking measures among nursing students. Decreasing the number of smokers among healthcare professionals would discourage people from smoking and would increase the credibility of anti-smoking campaigns.

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