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Portuguese Journal of Public Health

Print version ISSN 2504-3137On-line version ISSN 2504-3145


DANTAS, Deborah Rose Galvão et al. The Prevalence and Risk Factors of Smoking among High School Students in a City in Northeastern Brazil. Port J Public Health [online]. 2017, vol.35, n.1, pp.44-51. ISSN 2504-3137.

Objective: We aim to describe the prevalence and risk factors of smoking among students in Campina Grande, PB, Brazil. Method: A cross-sectional study was completed with 781 students from 16 schools. We performed statistical analyses using the R computing environment, χ2 test, and logistic regression. Results: The prevalence of smokers was 9.8%, with 31.2% lifetime users, 6% current smokers, 4.6% former smokers, and 68% passive smokers. Risk factors included living with smokers, being indifferent to the sale control, considering an increase in surveillance to be unnecessary, and observing underage people buying cigarettes. Conclusion: The prevalence of smoking did not decrease compared to the trends observed in the recent decades in Brazil. Risk factors were linked to living with smokers and a failure to both prevent smoking and obey protection laws aimed at teenagers.

Keywords : Smoking; Student; Risk factors; Cross-sectional studies; Brazil.

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