Clustering of risk factors with smoking habits among adults, Sousse, Tunisia

Jihene Maatoug, Imed Harrabi, Sonia Hmad, Mylene Belkacem, Mustafaal Absi, Harry Lando, Hassen Ghannem

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Abstract

Introduction: In Tunisia, few studies have assessed the association between tobacco use and other lifestyle risk factors for chronic disease (eg, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity). We studied 1,880 adults to determine the association between tobacco use and other lifestyle risk factors in Tunisia. Methods: This study was part of an assessment of the prevalence of chronic disease risk factors in a community-based trial conducted in 2009 to implement a chronic disease prevention program. The study population was randomly selected from 3 districts of the region of Sousse. The questionnaires were administered by personal interview and included the assessment of tobacco use and other chronic disease risk factors such as unhealthful diet habits and physical inactivity. Results: Of the 1,880 study participants, 64% were women. The mean age of the participants was 37.9 (standard deviation, 13.5 y). The prevalence of tobacco use in our population was 50.4% for men and 3.1% for women. Among men, the proportion of alcohol consumption was significantly higher among smokers (25.3% vs 5.7% [P <.001]). Smokers consumed fewer fruits and vegetables and more high-fat, high-salt, and high-sugar foods than did nonsmokers. There was no significant difference between male smokers and nonsmokers regarding physical activity (P = .36). Conclusion: Physical activity and dietary characteristics may be important areas for physicians to assess during smoking-cessation interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number130075
JournalPreventing Chronic Disease
Volume10
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

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