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Rev Mal Respir. 2002 Jun;19(3):311-4.

[Smoking among school children in Sousse, Tunisia].

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Service d'Epidémiologie et de Statistiques Médicales, Hôpital Farhat Hached, Sousse, Tunisie, France.


In order to study smoking habits of children and adolescents from Sousse in Tunisia, we undertook an epidemiological survey on a representative sample of 1569 pupils aged between 13 and 19 years with a global answer rate of 95,4%. The objective of the study was both to describe Tunisian adolescent smoking behaviour and also to evaluate the influence of the home environment, friends and the different socio-demographic factors on acquiring or maintaining the habit. Students were surveyed in schools using a self-administered, anonymous questionnaire. Overall 7,6% of our sample smoked tobacco with prevalence amongst boys being much higher than in girls: 14,7% versus 1,1%; X(2)=103,4, p=0,00001. The smoking prevalence rose with age: in boys it increased from 3,4% at 13 years to 32,3% at 19 years; X(2)=40,9, p=0,0001. 60,6% of youngsters interrogated were exposed to passive smoking at home. Peer smoking behaviour has a clear effect on the tobacco habits of boys. These findings suggest school and medical authorities should design specific programs to limit the spread of the tobacco phenomenon in youngsters.

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