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Prevalence of awareness, attitude, and practice towards tobacco use among general public in Kuantan

Al-Shami, Abdulkareem Mohammed and Jamshed, Shazia Qasim and Fata Nahas, Abdul Rahman and Elkalmi, Ramadan Mohamed Mahmod and Elsayed, Tarek Mohamed Ali and Akkawi, Muhammad Eid (2019) Prevalence of awareness, attitude, and practice towards tobacco use among general public in Kuantan. In: International Conference on Pharmaceutical Research and Pharmacy Practice cum 14th IIUM-MPS Pharmacy Scientific Conference (ICPRP 2019), 19-20th October 2019, Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur. (Unpublished)

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Introduction: Several studies had been conducted to assess the awareness, attitude, and practice of a specific population towards cigarette smoking. However, other tobacco products are mostly neglected. In Malaysia, many tobacco products such as cigarettes, hand-rolled tobacco, shisha, cigar, pipe, and chewy tobacco are easily accessible. Yet, there are no established studies of tobacco use specifically among the general public in Kuantan. Objective: This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of tobacco use among the Kuantan general public and to assess the awareness, attitude and practice towards tobacco use. Method: This is a cross-sectional study. A pre-tested, structured, self-administered questionnaire was administered to a convenience sample (N = 202) in Kuantan from October to December 2018. The questionnaire was validated by experts and a pilot study was conducted to establish its reliability. Data were analyzed by SPSS using descriptive as well as inferential analysis. Results: The prevalence among the respondents was 43.6% (n = 88), in which 98.2% were males. Most of the respondents reported high awareness (91.1%) about tobacco use with the highest scores being achieved by males and those between 38 and 47 years old (96.0%). The majority of respondents demonstrated a positive attitude (97.02%) towards tobacco use, particularly among females and those between 38 and 47 years old (100%). In terms of practice, almost 50.5% reported poor practice, especially females and those who are between 18 and 27 years old. Conclusion: The prevalence of tobacco use among the general public of Kuantan is considered high. Most of the people in Kuantan have good awareness and attitude, however, their practice towards tobacco use was poor.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: 75852/6772
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smoking, Prevalence, Awareness, Attitude, Practice, Kuantan, Malaysia
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Pharmacy
Kulliyyah of Pharmacy > Department of Pharmacy Practice
Depositing User: Dr. Abdulkareem Mohammed Al-Shami
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 10:28
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019 10:28
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/75852

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