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ISRN Pulmonology
Volume 2013, Article ID 518560, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/518560
Research Article

Tobacco Smoking Habits, Attitudes, and Beliefs among Albanian Nurse Students

1Pneumologia, University Hospital Shefqet Ndroqi, Tirana, Albania
2Nurse Department, Tirana Medical University, Tirana, Albania
3University Hospital Madre Teresa, Tirana, Albania
4Nurse Course, Kristal University, Tirana, Albania
5Fisiopatologia Respiratoria, Azienda Ospedaliera Senese, Policlinico delle Scotte, Viale Bracci 3, 53100 Siena, Italy

Received 9 October 2013; Accepted 24 November 2013

Academic Editors: R. El-Zein and Y. Shibata

Copyright © 2013 Ylli Vakeffliu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Available information about tobacco smoking habits, attitudes, and beliefs among Albanian nurse students shows some discrepancies and requires further investigation. Material and Methods. Cross-sectional school-based survey using a self-administered anonymous questionnaire in the Tirana Nurse University in December 2012 about tobacco smoking habits, attitudes, and beliefs. Results. Sixty hundred fifty one students (mean age 20.0 years; males 19%, females 81%) completed the questionnaire with an overall response rate of 87%. Current smokers were 19%; of this group, 37% of males and 49% of females were occasional smokers. Among current smokers, males smoked more than females (46% versus 13%; ). The knowledge about smoking was generic; only a part (24%) of students reported having received a formal specific training on smoking related issues. The percentage of current smokers who reported at least one serious attempt to quit was 64%. Most students (78%) reported recent exposure to second hand smoke at home. Most students (84%) were felt to be a model of healthy lifestyle, but only a part (42% of the total) was recognized to have a role in advising smokers to quit. Conclusions. Smoking habits of Albanian nurse students are not higher than those of other European countries and Albanian population of similar age and gender. Our students showed many positive attitudes towards tobacco. Targeted training about smoking related issues should be mandatory in nursing schools.