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Knowledge Attitude and Practice about Water-Pipe Smoking among Saudi Population

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DOI: 10.4236/jbm.2020.83007    84 Downloads   145 Views

ABSTRACT

Water pipe smoking has been practiced extensively for about 400 years. Water pipe smoking is common in the Saudi Arabia. Water-pipe smoking exposes smokers to high levels of tobacco and toxins. An observational and cross-sectional survey carried among 1170 participants to determine the knowledge, attitude, and practice about water-pipe smoking among Saudi population. Data was collected and obtained by the online questionnaire that has been created in Google form and then published in different social media platforms over a period from September 2019 to November 2019. The data were entered in Excel and analyzed in EpiInfo7 statistical software to get descriptive statistics. Results: About 70% were females and 30% male, 43% of them are university students with 83% in the age group of the 18 - 25 high participants. Low knowledge of Carbon monoxide poisoning effects = 78%, While 54% of the participants showed low knowledge about infectious disease transmitted by water-pipe. The Knowledge about water pipe contents and carbon monoxide poisoning was low. Further efforts will be necessary to increase the level of awareness among participants in Saudi Arabia regarding water pipe contents and carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Alnumair, R. , Ali, A. and Alghamdi, H. (2020) Knowledge Attitude and Practice about Water-Pipe Smoking among Saudi Population. Journal of Biosciences and Medicines, 8, 58-72. doi: 10.4236/jbm.2020.83007.

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