Ibnosina Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

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

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


Hawa Juma El-Shareif 
 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

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.


How to cite this article:
El-Shareif HJ. Prevalence, pattern, and attitudes of smoking among libyan diabetic males: A clinic-based study.Ibnosina J Med Biomed Sci 2019;11:171-175


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El-Shareif HJ. Prevalence, pattern, and attitudes of smoking among libyan diabetic males: A clinic-based study. Ibnosina J Med Biomed Sci [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Apr 6 ];11:171-175
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