Researchers from the Tobacco Control Unit of the Catalan Institute of Oncology-University of Barcelona have published results on the transitions in smoking status in a cohort of nursing students from Catalonia in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. This study, funded by the Counsel of Nurses of Catalonia, was composed of 4,381 participants in the baseline study (2015-16), 1,097 (25%) were followed up in 2018-19, and 1,085 (24%) surveys were analyzed. The proportion of current smokers decreased from 29.7% at baseline to 23.6% at follow-up, the proportion of former smokers increased from 13.1% to 19.4%, and the proportion of never-smokers remained stable (approximately 57%). Of the overall smokers at baseline, 28.3% quit smoking at follow-up, being nondaily smokers the most likely to quit. Of the overall never-smokers, 4.6% initiated consumption of tobacco. Finally, 23.3% of former smokers relapsed. This study highlights the need to implement tobacco prevention and cessation strategies in nursing students since they have a key role in tobacco control in their professional future as nurses.

Laroussy K, Castellano Y, Fu M, Baena A, Feliu A, Peruga A, Margalef M, Aldazabal J, Tigova O, Galimany J, Puig M, Moreno C, Bueno A, López A, Roca J, Saura J, Fernández E, Martínez C. Transitions in smoking status in nursing students: A prospective longitudinal study. J Adv Nurs. 2023 Mar. 00 (1-17).




No Comment

Comments are closed.