The model for being the tobacco-free Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University

  • Kukiet Konkaew Faculty of Science and Technology, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University
  • Wiphada Srijaroen Faculty of Science and Technology, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University
  • Eakpop Junsukon Faculty of Science and Technology, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University
Keywords: model, smoke-free, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University

Abstract

This current research focused on the smoking situation of university students and created the model for establishing a smoke-free campus in Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University (PSRU). A total of 553 participants were selected as samples. It was found that around 25.0% of respondents had smoked the cigarettes. Most of the respondents had knowledge about cigarettes at a good level (84.6%). Most of the respondents have bad attitudes on smoking at a moderate level (73.1%) and at a high level (24.8%). Respondents have a negative perception about smoking at a moderate level (59.7%), while having perceived self-efficacy at a moderate level (88.4%). Regarding people around the students, close relatives (55.2%), friends (55.0%) and family members (42.0%) of students had smoked the cigarettes. It was found that 21.5% of participants, whose close friends were smoking cigarettes, were smokers. Meanwhile, the percentage of smoking respondents, whose close friends and/or family members were smoking cigarettes, were 16.8% and 16.6%, respectively. In terms of a smoke-free PSRU model, four consideration aspects were as follows: (1) Administrators should come up with clear policy directions and implementation guidelines; (2) Student association should be actively involved in the activities campaigning for the university to be a smoke-free campus; (3) The department of student development should establish a smoking cessation clinic for providing advice and support to those who want to quit smoking; and (4) Lecturers and advisors should educate the students concerning health risks of smoking.

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Published
2019-12-24
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