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Does knowledge count? Attitudes toward smoking among medical, nursing, and pharmacy students in Hungary.

Journal of Community Health

statistics & numerical data, psychology, Students, Pharmacy, Students, Nursing, Students, Medical, epidemiology, Smoking, Risk-Taking, Male, Hungary, Humans, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Female, Chi-Square Distribution, Attitude of Health Personnel, Adult

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      Despite the fact that cigarette smoking in East Europe is a major health problem, no effective health policy responses have been developed thus far. Health care professionals represent a valuable resource for tobacco control. Therefore, we wanted to obtain information about the acceptance of smoking among medical, nursing and pharmacy students (n = 270) in Szeged, Hungary. The self-administered questionnaire contained items on smoking behavior, beliefs and attitudes related to smoking. Chi2-test were used to determine differences in the attitudes among students. Smoking was the most frequent among nursing students, followed by medical students. Pharmacy students not only reported smoking the least but they also showed the most acceptable attitudes toward smoking. The high frequency of smoking among students suggests that they themselves are unable to cope with avoiding the dangers of smoking. Moreover, responses reflect a generally poor appreciation of responsibility that health care professionals have in prevention. There is a need for an increasing emphasis on smoking-related attitude formation among medical and nursing students.

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