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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.35 No.3 September 2011. -

Smoking among pupils of secondary medical schools is of particular public health interest because of their role in the

health system in the future. The study was part of the survey of smoking among students of Croatian medium medical

schools. Data of 3 survey periods were available 1990–2002–2006. Specific smoking trends among 14–18 year olds were

examined using odds ratios and multiple regressions. Sex ratios were calculated for each survey period. Daily smoking

prevalence in 1990 was 15.9% in boys and 14.1% among girls. Occasional smoking in 1990 occurred among 8.9% of boys

and 15.0% of girls. Twelve years after, smoking prevalence increased for daily smoking in boys to 32.9% and among girls

to 30.4%. Occasional smoking decreased to 6.3% in boys, and increased to 17.8% among girls. There were no remarkable

changes in prevalence from 2002 to 2006. Among adolescents in Croatia, there was high risk for smoking among adolescent

population. High smoking rate among pupils of medical schools predicts not only high mortality due to smoking

over 20–30 years, but also implicates for bad habit among professional health workers, if no policy interventions were

taken.

age; gender; medical schools; prevalence; smoking



Author: Dražen Stojanović - Ante Barbir - Verica Kralj - Đulija Malatestinić - Albert Cattunar - Robert Cerović -

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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