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Kozlov V., Golenkova V., Deomidov E.

Nicotine dependence in university students

Keywords: nicotine dependence, university medical students, smoking cessation

Features of nicotine dependence (ND) in university students, motives of tobacco smoking (TS) and their readiness for tobacco cessation are studied. Using Fagerström'stechnique,V.F. Levshin and of E.S. Souza et al. Scale 192 smoking students (60 girls, 132 young men) aged 16-26 years (average age 20,1±2,4 years) who study at universities of Chuvashia are sampled (120 at junior courses, 72 at senior ones; 78 at the medical faculty, other – 114). ND is found in 51% of respondents (weak – in 38%, moderate – in 8,3%, heavy – in 4,7%). ND was found more often in young men who began TS, had a longer experience of TS, they gave preference to cigarettes with high nicotine and tars content, than smoking girls. Junior students started TS much earlier (at 15,2±2,1 vs 17,1±2,4 in girls). Medical students were significantly older, had a longer experience of TS, more often made attempts of tobacco cessation, their breaks in ts were longer. In the population of university students negative tendencies which are shown at earlier beginning of ts are observed (in comparison with senior students), and medical students don’tdiffer in their smoking status from students of other specialties.

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About authors

Kozlov Vadim A.
Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor of Department Medical Biology with a Course in Microbiology and Virology, Chuvash State University, Russia, Cheboksary (pooh12@yandex.ru)
Deomidov Evgeny Sergeevich
candidate of medical sciences, psychiatry, medical psychology and neurology department associate professor, Chuvash State University, Russia, Cheboksary (neurokaf@yandex.ru)
Golenkova Valeriya Andreevna
medical faculty 5th year student, Chuvash State University, Russia, Cheboksary (lera04_27@inbox.ru)

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Kozlov V., Golenkova V., Deomidov E. Nicotine dependence in university students [Electronic resource] // Acta medica Eurasica. – 2016. – №2. P. 12-17. – URL: http://acta-medica-eurasica.ru/en/single/2016/2/3/