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Prevalence of smoking and age of initiation in Alexandria, Egypt.
East Mediterr Health J. 2002 Jul-Sep; 8(4-5):626-37.EM

Abstract

A cross-sectional survey on tobacco use in the city of Alexandria, Egypt, used an interview questionnaire based on World Health Organization guidelines. The study in 2000 included 2120 participants aged 15 to 86 years. More than a quarter (27.2%) were current smokers (25.5% daily smokers and 1.7% occasional smokers) and 3.5% were ex-smokers. Current smokers spent 23.1% of their family income on tobacco. The prevalence of current smoking was significantly higher among men (48.5%) than women (1.5%) and the mean age of initiation of smoking was lower among men (18.1 years) than women (22.6 years). The high prevalence of tobacco use among men is of concern, so too is the likelihood that tobacco use will increase among women. Further research is needed into factors that prevent people from starting smoking and assist them stopping smoking.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15603046

Citation

Youssef, R M., et al. "Prevalence of Smoking and Age of Initiation in Alexandria, Egypt." Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal = La Revue De Sante De La Mediterranee Orientale = al-Majallah Al-sihhiyah Li-sharq Al-mutawassit, vol. 8, no. 4-5, 2002, pp. 626-37.
Youssef RM, Abou-Khatwa SA, Fouad HM. Prevalence of smoking and age of initiation in Alexandria, Egypt. East Mediterr Health J. 2002;8(4-5):626-37.
Youssef, R. M., Abou-Khatwa, S. A., & Fouad, H. M. (2002). Prevalence of smoking and age of initiation in Alexandria, Egypt. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal = La Revue De Sante De La Mediterranee Orientale = al-Majallah Al-sihhiyah Li-sharq Al-mutawassit, 8(4-5), 626-37.
Youssef RM, Abou-Khatwa SA, Fouad HM. Prevalence of Smoking and Age of Initiation in Alexandria, Egypt. East Mediterr Health J. 2002 Jul-Sep;8(4-5):626-37. PubMed PMID: 15603046.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prevalence of smoking and age of initiation in Alexandria, Egypt. AU - Youssef,R M, AU - Abou-Khatwa,S A, AU - Fouad,H M, PY - 2004/12/18/pubmed PY - 2005/1/11/medline PY - 2004/12/18/entrez SP - 626 EP - 37 JF - Eastern Mediterranean health journal = La revue de sante de la Mediterranee orientale = al-Majallah al-sihhiyah li-sharq al-mutawassit JO - East Mediterr Health J VL - 8 IS - 4-5 N2 - A cross-sectional survey on tobacco use in the city of Alexandria, Egypt, used an interview questionnaire based on World Health Organization guidelines. The study in 2000 included 2120 participants aged 15 to 86 years. More than a quarter (27.2%) were current smokers (25.5% daily smokers and 1.7% occasional smokers) and 3.5% were ex-smokers. Current smokers spent 23.1% of their family income on tobacco. The prevalence of current smoking was significantly higher among men (48.5%) than women (1.5%) and the mean age of initiation of smoking was lower among men (18.1 years) than women (22.6 years). The high prevalence of tobacco use among men is of concern, so too is the likelihood that tobacco use will increase among women. Further research is needed into factors that prevent people from starting smoking and assist them stopping smoking. SN - 1020-3397 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15603046/Prevalence_of_smoking_and_age_of_initiation_in_Alexandria_Egypt_ L2 - http://applications.emro.who.int/emhj/0804_5/emhj_2002_8_4_5_626_637.pdf DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -