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Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Year : 2019, Volume : 13, Issue : 1
First page : ( 84) Last page : ( 88)
Print ISSN : 0973-9122. Online ISSN : 0973-9130.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0973-9130.2019.00017.3

Tobacco Addiction: A Survey of a Group of Students

Adouani Badr1, Moutaouakil Youssef1, Elcadi Mina Ait1, Eljaoudi Rachid1, Yaakoubi Ahmed El1, Cherrah Yahya1, Bousliman Yassir1

1Mohammed V University, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Rabat, Morocco

Online published on 8 February, 2019.

Abstract

Objective

Tobacco use is one of the most serious threats to global public health. The objective of our survey was to study the addictive behavior of tobacco among pharmacy students of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Rabat, Morocco.

Method

The evaluation of nicotine addiction was carried out by the “Fagerström Questionnaire”. Our study targeted 431 students from the first and second year at the faculty of pharmacy. The statistical analysis was performed by the SPSS V19 software. The significance threshold was determined by chi-square test, a value of p <0.005 was considered statistically significant.

Result

The occurrence of smoking was 8.89%. Tobacco dependence was seen in more than half of our tobacco consumers, 30.3% of the subjects were weakly dependent on nicotine, 21.2% were moderately addicted and 6.1% of the students were heavily addicted.

Conclusion

The surroundings, the male sex, and an association of alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs are the major factors behind the increased use of tobacco.

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Keywords

Smoking, Fagerström, nicotine addiction, students of pharmacy, smoking prevalence.

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