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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 7 | Issue: 19 | Page No.: 2762-2768
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2007.2762.2768
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Opinions of Turkish University Students on Cigarette Smoking at Schools
Esra Keloglu-Isler and Irfan Erdogan

Cigarette smoking among college students is a critical public health problem with serious personal and social consequences. This study examined college student opinions about smoking in the student cafeteria, hallways and offices, considering smoking as freedom of choice, complying with the cigarette law and policy of universities on smoking. A sample of 1527 students (53.9% female, 46.1% male) attending to the six prestigious universities in Ankara, Turkey, completed a ten-item questionnaire. Results of the study showed that nonsmoking students reported the most favorable opinions toward the issues questioned, whereas occasional smokers and regular smokers reported the least favorable opinions. The highest level of disagreement by smokers and nonsmokers was provided for banning cigarette smoking in the cafeteria. Students generally agreed on that teachers should not smoke in the classrooms and in their offices with doors open. Recommended actions include campus-wide no-smoking policies embracing indoors and outdoors and identification and use of new ways of providing smoking prevention and cessation programs and services.
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How to cite this article:

Esra Keloglu-Isler and Irfan Erdogan, 2007. Opinions of Turkish University Students on Cigarette Smoking at Schools. Journal of Applied Sciences, 7: 2762-2768.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2007.2762.2768








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