International Journal of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
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International Journal of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Vol.5, No.1, Mar. 2020, Pub. Date: Feb. 3, 2020
Knowledge, Awareness, Beliefs and Prevalence of E–Cigarettes Usage Among Undergraduate Students in a Private Medical College in Malaysia
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Authors
[01] Kleesha Perera, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Manipal Academic of Higher Education (MAHE), Melaka, Malaysia.
[02] Siew Yuen Kay, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Manipal Academic of Higher Education (MAHE), Melaka, Malaysia.
[03] Hanusha Rajenthiran, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Manipal Academic of Higher Education (MAHE), Melaka, Malaysia.
[04] Nurulnagihah Ibrahim, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Manipal Academic of Higher Education (MAHE), Melaka, Malaysia.
[05] Lim Ze Ming, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Manipal Academic of Higher Education (MAHE), Melaka, Malaysia.
Abstract
It known that 13.8% undergraduate students in Malaysia are using E-cigarettes and they have different views and perceptions regarding this issue. Our objective is to determine the knowledge, awareness, beliefs and prevalence of the use of Electronic cigarettes among undergraduate students in Malaysia and to determine the factors associated with knowledge, awareness, beliefs and prevalence of the use of Electronic cigarettes among undergraduate students in Malaysia. A cross-sectional study was conducted from September 2019 to October 2019 in Melaka-Manipal Medical College (MMMC). Data were collected using self-administered questionnaire and online questionnaires designed in English. Chi square test and logistic regression analysis were used. Level of significance was set at P < 0.05 and Odds ratio (OR) was calculated. 8.46% of undergraduate students practice smoking E-cigarettes. In multiple logistic regression analysis, knowledge was the only significant association with the practice of E-cigarettes (OR: 0.96; 95%CI 0.94-0.99; p-value 0.003). Younger aged students had a significant association with knowledge on E-cigarettes compared to older aged students (OR: 0.05; 95%CI 0.01-0.47; p-value 0.024). There was a significant association between students living in hostels and their belief towards E-cigarettes and students living outside hostels (OR: 0.47; 95% CI 0.23-0.97; x²: 4.25; p-value 0.039). Foundation in Science students were significantly aware of E-cigarettes (OR: 0.45; 95%CI 0.21-0.96; x²: 4.45; p-value 0.035). There was a significant association between male gender and E-cigarette smoking compared to females (OR: 7.29; 95% CI: 2.00-26.47, p value: <0.001). Based on our study, knowledge, male gender, family members who smoke and friends who smoke has an impact on E-cigarette smoking among undergraduate students.
Keywords
E-cigarettes, Medical Students, Knowledge, Attitude, Beliefs, Prevalence, Cross-sectional
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