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RONDINA, Regina de Cássia; GORAYEB, Ricardo; BOTELHO, Clóvis  and  SILVA, Ageo Mário Cândido da. A Relação entre Tabagismo e Características Socio-Demográficas em UniversitáriosRelationship between Socio-Demographic Characteristics and the Consumption of Tobacco in University Students. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2005, vol.6, n.1, pp.35-45. ISSN 1645-0086.

The relationship between socio-demographic characteristics and the consumption of tobacco may subsidize the elaboration of programs of a preventive nature against the beginning of the smoking habit and/or dependence. The aims of the study is to investigate the association between socio-demographic characteristics and smoking within a sample of university students, 1245 students enrolled at UFMT in 2001 were chosen at random. A questionnaire was applied to verify the population's socio-demographic profile and tobacco consumption pattern. The Fagerström test (1978) was used to asses the degree of dependence of the smokers. The students were grouped in three categories: "smokers" (F), "former-smokers" (EF), and "non-smokers" (NF).Two logistic regression analyses were executed, respectively considering the categories F x NF and F x EF as "dependent" variables. "Smoking" students were classified as "dependent" or "non-dependent", according to the Fagerström test score. Multiple linear regression was executed to investigate the association between the test scores and socio-demographic factors. A 6,7% prevalence of smokers was detected, 6,58% of former-smokers and 86,73% of non-smokers. In the first multiple logistic regression analysis, only the age factor remained associated with the Smoker category. In the second analysis, only the factors age, course area and age the student began smoking remain associated with the former-smoker category. Smoking university students tend to concentrate within the higher age group. Students in courses of the biology/health area have a greater possibility of interrupting the consumption, in comparison to those of humanities.

Keywords : Smoking; Socio-demographic characteristics.

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