P-175 Smoking Habits Among Academic Personnel In Trakya University

Dagdeviren N. (Edirne), Musaoglu Z. (Edirne), Oztora S. (Edirne)
Aim: We aimed to investigate the smoking habits among lecturers in Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey.
Methods: Between October 2007 and January 2008, 560 lecturers of the Trakya University were reached and enrolled in the study. A questionnaire comprising questions on smoking habits and Fagerström nicotine dependence test was applied to the participants.
Results: Ages of the participants ranged from 20 to 72 years (mean age: 33.86 ± 7.33). 58.4% of the participants did not smoke at any time. Among 41.6% (n = 233), who smoke or smoked, the mean age to start smoking was 20.62 ± 3.33 years (min: 13, max: 37 years). The percentage of participants who stopped smoking was 15.2% (n = 85) and the mean age to stop smoking was 30.9 ± 6.39 (min: 21, max: 55 years). Among participants who smoke or smoked, the daily cigarette consumption was 13.96 ± 7.63 (min: 3, max: 40). The average Fagerström test scores calculated from the answers of 148 smoker participants were 2.67 ± 2.55 (ranging from 0 to 10). 7 lecturers (4.7%) were found to be very high dependant. 41.7% of the male participants (n = 35) and 75% of the female participants (n = 48) had a very low nicotine dependence. There was a significant relationship between gender and nicotine dependence (p = 0.001).
Conclusions: Being legal and easy to reach, nicotine dependence is one of the most frequent and important substance addictions. Even among qualified people it has a high rate. To be the role-models for the forthcoming generations, lecturers should reconsider their attitudes towards nicotine consumption.
Smoking habits among academic personnel in Trakya university