Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 31, pp 30839–30846 | Cite as

Perception and practices of tobacco smoking among medical students in the Nile Delta, Egypt

  • Ibrahim Ali KabbashEmail author
  • Sameh Magdy Sarsik
  • Mahmoud Ibrahim Kabbash
  • Aya Abdul-Rahman Hagar
  • Nahlah Mohammad Othman
  • Mohammad Fahmy Ismail
  • Mohammad Rasmy Elazoul
  • Salem Mohammed Salem
Environmental Pollution: Problems and Solutions


This study was conducted to identify medical students’ perception and practices towards tobacco smoking, as well as to identify factors affecting their adoption to smoking habit, among medical students in the Nile Delta. From December 2014 to February 2015, a questionnaire-based cross-sectional study was conducted at the four faculties of medicine in the Nile Delta. A total of 1715 students were targeted from the 2nd to 6th academic years to represent different levels of knowledge, awareness, and the influence of medical education on their attitude towards smoking. 5.6 and 1.2% of the students reported being smokers and ex-smokers, respectively, with a higher prevalence among 6th-year students, 40% of them reported to be involved with substance abuse. In general, medical students had positive antismoking attitude. The prevalence of smoking among medicine students was not high. However, there is a need to address smoking cessation programs during their study.


Tobacco smoking Shishah smoking Water-pipe smoking Medical students Egypt 


Compliance with ethical standards


This study received financial support from the Florida International University/NHI lead by the American University of Beirut.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ibrahim Ali Kabbash
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sameh Magdy Sarsik
    • 2
  • Mahmoud Ibrahim Kabbash
    • 2
  • Aya Abdul-Rahman Hagar
    • 3
  • Nahlah Mohammad Othman
    • 4
  • Mohammad Fahmy Ismail
    • 5
  • Mohammad Rasmy Elazoul
    • 2
  • Salem Mohammed Salem
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of MedicineTanta UniversityTantaEgypt
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineTanta UniversityTantaEgypt
  3. 3.Faculty of MedicineMenoufiya UniversityShibin El-KomEgypt
  4. 4.Faculty of MedicineMansoura UniversityMansouraEgypt
  5. 5.Faculty of MedicineZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt

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