Smoking Behaviors and Viewpoints of Smoking by Erciyes University, Faculty of Theology Students

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Doğan M. , Çetinkaya F., Şenol V., Nacar M.

Journal Of Religion & Health, cilt.58, 2019 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)

  • Cilt numarası: 58 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s10943-019-00837-3
  • Dergi Adı: Journal Of Religion & Health



Religious beliefs and attitudes contribute to a healthy life by helping individuals

avoiding negative behaviors that can affect health. In this respect, clergymen can

play an important role in smoking control by being models for the society. This

study was conducted to evaluate smoking situations and views on cigarette use by

Erciyes University, Faculty of Theology students. In this cross-sectional descriptive

research, a questionnaire was conducted with the first and last year students studying

in the Faculty of Theology (305). 88.2% of the students (97.0% of the women and

69.6% of the men) have never smoked; 6.9% of them (3.0% freshmen/16.0% senior

students) still smoke and 4.9% of them have quit smoking. 81.0% of the smokers

have thought of quitting smoking and 47.6% of them have tried to quit smoking.

70.6% of those thinking of quitting smoking stated that religion is motivating their

thought of quitting smoking. 73.8% of the students expressed that religious sensitivity

could affect smoking, 54.4% stated that smoking was an abomination to religion

and 43.3% expressed that religion totally forbids smoking. Some measures need to

be taken for fight against smoking, a global and preventable problem. Countries

make legislative regulations to solve this problem and in addition to this, individuals

such as clergymen and educators should also be mindful for the solution of this