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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 171-175

Prevalence, pattern, and attitudes of smoking among libyan diabetic males: A clinic-based study


Department of Endocrine, Tripoli Medical Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Tripoli University for Medical Sciences, Tripoli, Libya

Correspondence Address:
Hawa Juma El-Shareif
Department of Endocrine, Tripoli Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine, Tripoli University for Medical Sciences, Tripoli
Libya
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmbs.ijmbs_37_19

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Introduction: Smoking is a major avoidable cardiovascular risk factor and is a cause of premature death worldwide. Objectives: To study the prevalence, pattern, and awareness of health hazards of smoking among Libyan diabetic male patients in Tripoli Medical Center, Tripoli, Libya. Patients and Methods: A cross-sectional, clinic-based study using a predesigned questionnaire, the participants were interviewed by the author. The interview covered personal data, and questions about their smoking status, and their awareness of smoking hazards. Results: The overall prevalence of current smoking was 26.4% and past smoking 40.3%. The mean age was 50.8 ± 14.4 years (range 18–75 years). The mean age at which smoking started was 18.6 ± 5.3 years; all current smokers were cigarette smokers. Main reason for quitting smoking was related to health issues while social and religious considerations were the main reasons for never smoking. Conclusions: The prevalence of smoking among Libyan diabetic patients was high; this calls for incorporating smoking cessation services within the diabetes care clinics.


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