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Objective: To assess the prevalence of Shisha smoking in medical students and to examine demographic, personal, social, environmental factors associated with it.
Material & Methods: Students were selected by consecutive sampling from Rai Medical College, Sargodha, Sargodha Medical College and Rawalpindi Medical College, Pakistan. The study period was from January 2016 to December 2016. These students were given a questionnaire of 34 questions to assess the prevalence of shisha and awareness about its hazardous effects on health. Our study population consisted of 578 medical students. Data was entered and analyzed on SPSS version 17 for analysis.
Result: In our study 94.1% students said that they were familiar with the term shisha smoking and 36% confessed that they had smoked water pipe at least once. The comparison showed that the private students were more involved in shisha smoking. The difference was statistically significant and 57.89% claimed that their parents would not object. Maximum number of students experienced shisha smoking for the first time at the ages from 15 to 20 years.
Conclusion: Among the students smoking shisha majority found it cool and thought that it is less harmful than cigarette
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