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

ArticleinJournal of Advanced Nursing 66(1):33-9 · November 2009with96 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.74 · DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2009.05135.x · Source: PubMed


    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.