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Prevalence of smoking and drug abuse in students of Zahedan high schools
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Mojahed A. Ms*, Bakhshani NM. PhD*
 
Background: Drug abuse and smoking behavior, particularly in youngsters, affect communities in terms of health and economy. The present study was carried out with the aim of a survey on drug abuse and smoking cigarette amongst high school students in Zahedan city.
Methods and materials: The research sample contained 259 girls and 216 boys being randomly selected using multi-stage clustering method. The average age was 15.8 years for girls and 16.04 years for boys.
Results:  The results showed that 7.8% of girls and 25.2% of boys had experienced smoking at least once. It was found that 0.4% of the female students and 2.3% of male students were used to regular smoking. Drug abuse (using opiate) was shown to be experienced at least once by 1.6% and 8% of females and males, respectively. The initial smoking was most frequently experienced in age of 14 years (26.2%), followed by the age of 15 (15.2%).
Conclusions:  Smoking and drug abuse in a relatively high percentage of students and decreasing the age of onset of using these materials arise a major alert. It is concluded that students at this age require further notice and they should be considered particularly in the control programs involving cigarette and drug.

 
 
KEY WORDS: Smoking, Prevalence, Opium, Students, Zahedan
 
 
 
* Clinical psychology dept, Faculty of medicine, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and health services, Zahedan, Iran.
 
 
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