Discourse Journal of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Volume 4 Issue 3 Page 27 - 32 June 2016

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Smoking Characteristics among University Hospital Staff: A Cross-sectional Study

1Özgür ENGİNYURT, 2Erdal ÖZER, 3Özge TUNCER, 4Umut Gök BALCI and 5Kurtuluş ÖNGEL

1Ordu University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Ordu, Turkey
2Gaziosmanpasa University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Tokat, Turkey
3Tokat Central YasamFamily Medicine Center, Tokat, Turkey
4TepecikEducation and Research Hospital, Family Medicine Clinic, İzmir, Turkey
5Izmir KatipÇelebiUniversity, Department of Family Medicine, İzmir, Turkey


The aim of the current study was to identify smoking rates and smoking-related traits among university hospital workers. Across-sectional, descriptive survey method was used on employees at the Ministry of Health Ordu University Education and Research Hospital from September to October 2012. The study was conducted with a questionnaire consisting of 16 items asking about socio-demographic information, the smoking status of the participants and their family members, and views on laws regarding smoking. A total of 306 individuals, 172 (56.2%) female and 134 (43.8%) male, took part in the study. The rate of smoking among physicians was 38.0%, while 40.6% of nurses smoked. Significantly more men than women were smokers (p:0.002, d:0.45). Additionally, individuals who had close friends or family members who smoked were significantly more likely to do so themselves (family: p:0.041, d:0.138; friends: p<0.001, d:0.200). Among the participants who did smoke, an average consumption of 11–20 cigarettes per day was most commonly reported (n:45, %36.3). The most popular reason given to start smoking was social factors (n:72,%44.2), and the vast majority of participants who were able to quit smoking did not receive help doing so (n:32,%82.1). The high smoking rates among health care workers reflect the popular status of cigarette smoking in Turkey.

Keywords: Consumption, health, hospital, law, smoking

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