Scientific data on cigarette smoking among male college students in karachi

A very interesting study i came across. The students surveyed 576 male college students between 15 to 30 years of age and came up with the following conclusions.

  • 26.7% student who had ever tried smoking
  • 24 % of college students reported current smoking
  • Students in public schools were more likely to smoke as compared to students in private schools
  • Students whose friends are smokers were 5 times more likely to smoke compared to those whose friends are non-smoker
  • Those students having fathers with no formal schooling were more likely to smoke as compared to those whose fathers had some degree of education
  • Students having non-working mothers were more likely to smoke as compared to students with working mothers
  • Students belonging to Bin Qasim and Gadap town were more likely to smoke as compared to students residing in other towns

So what i conclude from this piece is, mothers are a major source of taking up cigarette smoking.

Your thoughts?


8 Comments so far

  1. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 6:29 am

    Nothing to be proud of. Peer pressure was a reason for me. Now its so damn hard to quit.
    Watch out smoking is a slow poisoning even its only one cigerette a day.

    On a lighter note I had to make sure if I was commenting under the right post. :)
    Too many posts and no comments. I feel like I am talking to myself.

  2. iD (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 8:09 am

    24% of youth
    Yes it is!
    I was about to say that Govt should put some age limit on buying tobacco but then again, what other laws are being followed in Pakistan :)

  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:39 am

    @Shahid: Peer pressure? did they put pistol on your kanpati? I disagree with you because till colleage I had 98% friends who were smokers. I was tempted a lot in 9th class by my friends but i always asked them to give me one genuine reason why should I have smoked so I could start. None of them was able to give me answer.

    Most of them start to show Bharams on other guys and on girls. My friend’s friend started smoking because his girl friend who was a defence product once said that she likes guys who smoke, bhai sahab immediately started smoking. That’s the separate story that the chick is not with him but yes the ciggy is.

    There are other reasons of smoking as well. Like my friend in university started chain smoking when he was not able to find some logic of a computer program and he used to say ,’Yaar masla hal hojata hay’. This psychological effect is not different than having a cup of tea and feel fresh.

    I wonder why females are excluded? they are not less charsi than guys. Females actually don’t give to bharam to guys, they don’t come out phobia of impressing other women while the reality is such women find something missing in them(looks wise, ability wise) and they try to take support of smoking. Women live in free environment where such things are not taboo suffer more than middle class women. it doesn’t mean middle class women don’t have such complxes, they just seek other channels to getrid of this phobia for instance getting addicted to local digests like Behno ka Apna Mahnama ,”SHUAA”

    in short, such sorta complex become reason for these kids to become victim of smoking. They think they look smart and gorgeous while in reality they come out as more loser than a loser.

    Speaking of quitting the habit. The very research tells that even one getrid of ciggy, he is affected from smoking and he or she has to face same diseases at some stage of life like he or she had to face during smoking. So sorry guys, you gotta face it. Frankly I feel pitty for those families who are run by such guys and girls. What’s the fault of their kids? why do they suffer because of their dad or mom? they first torture themselves then become a reason of destruction for their family. tsk tsk.

    Since we re talking about drugs, May I add that latest innovations like “City” and “Bombay” are more harmful than cigarettes? the bad thing about them that young kids who feel fear of parents to get caught due to smell of ciggy prefer such things more than smoking. I see how teens between age of 16-20 ask paan wala to give them such stuff and they are not even forbidden at all.

  4. Paranoid (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:39 am

    I dont have any statistics,but i guess its almost same all over the world.Even tho there is a age limit on tobacco here in london, but ive seen countless young kids smoking.
    If they cant buy,they tent to approach some old friends or some complete stranger to buy for them.Happened quite a few time with me but i always tend to decline even tho i smoke.

  5. Sameer (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

    Because clearly 600 students is a big enough sample size.

    Paranoid: Not in all countries, Canada has 7$ tax on 3$ cigarettes, which makes each box 600 rupees.

    That’s still a lot even if you count that in dollars, and that limits smokers. Also there are enough regulations so people don’t smoke in public places so second hand smoke doesn’t cause much harm.

  6. Ali (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    Why only male college students and what about rest of them? girls? children in school?

  7. wahidi (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

    man something has been goin weird with you lately…..uve been coming up with the weirdest of posts!!…..
    the only cause or source as u may call it is u ureself…..there is enuff evidence to show that cigg is harmful….they even carry a msg on the cigg box and ppl still smoke… its not a mother or a frend that causes u to smoke… is ure own ignorance!…..if you are a jahil ka bacha…..no1else is at fault….

  8. Echoes (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

    Heh, all my friends smoke. My father smokes as well. I’ve been around smoke all my life. Do I smoke? Nope. Peer pressure? Psssh!

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