Project Description

Author: Rahman et al.


University students are more likely to become addicted to smoking and develop numerous smoking-related chronic disorders at younger age. Smoking cessation has a significant impact on lowering tobacco-related mortality and morbidities. Evidence suggest that cigarette smokers who stop at earlier age have death rates close to those who have never smoked. Despite ratification of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), only a small portion of smoking tobacco consumption was reduced during recent decades. Beyond legislations, individual attempts to quit smoking play an important role in tobacco control. However, majority of the smoking cessation attempts remain unsuccessful due to lack of a methodical approach. Hence, this study aims to evaluate the current status of intention and attempts of smoking cessation and use of evidence-based smoking cessation methods for successful tobacco quit attempts among public and private university students of Bangladesh. This cross-sectional study will be conducted among the students of Dhaka University, Rajshahi University, North South University (NSU) and ASA University, Bangladesh who are current or former smokers, over a period of 8 months (March 2022 to October 2022) following ethical approval from institutional review board of NSU. Study compliance will be performed under the guidelines of the revised 1964 Helsinki declaration. A pretested semi-structured questionnaire will be developed in close association with expertise in tobacco cessation both English and Bangla, containing brief socio-demographic profile, smoking related information, smoking cessation history, awareness and effectiveness of evidence-based methods for smoking cessation attempt. Data analysis will be accomplished by using STATA version 17.0.

The study will provide an insight on the current status on intention and attempt of smoking cessation as well as usage of evidence-based smoking cessation methods among university students of Bangladesh which will further guide to develop tailored smoking cessation interventions.

Status: Ongoing

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