Saturday, January 12, 2013

Determinants of Current Smoking Behaviour among Third Year Nursing Students in India: Results from Global Health Professional Student Survey (India)

Health professionals serve as role models to their patients and public at large. Smoking among health
professional would have negative impact on community members. Global Health Professional Student
Survey (GHPSS) indicates health professional students including nursing students do smoke. But the
factors affecting smoking behaviour are yet to be explored. This study examined GHPSS (2007) to identify
factors encouraging smoking among nursing students. Results suggest that male gender, higher age, non
teaching about smoking hazards were major determinants of smoking. The study suggested that the
teaching about smoking hazards should be made mandatory in nursing schools.

Keywords: GHPSS, Nursing student, India, Smoking
Authors: Jugal Kishore, Pratap Kumar Jena, Sagarika Das, Chandan Bandyopadhyay, Indrani Banerjee

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