Gloria Stanley Acra Jones, J. E. F. Okpako


The study investigated the prevalence of shisha-aided flavoured tobacco smoking among students in public universities in Rivers State. The study emphasized on the number of students associated with shisha use in the three public universities located in Rivers State. It is a cross-sectional study carried out among undergraduate students in public universities in Rivers State with population forty seven thousand, five hundred and seventeen (47,517) from the three (3) public universities in Rivers State, using a sample size of one thousand undergraduate students drawn through a multi-stage sampling procedure. The instrument used for data collection were 30 items structured questionnaire titled “Prevalence of Shisha-aided Flavoured Tobacco Smoking (PSFTS)” which has a reliability coefficient of 0.91 and focus group discussion. Data was analyzed using frequency and percentage for the demographic characteristics, while mean and standard deviation was used to answer the research question. While ANOVA was used to test the hypotheses at .05 alpha level of significance. The findings of the study revealed that the prevalence of shisha-aided that the prevalence of shisha-aided flavoured tobacco smoking was considerably low. The study concluded with the following recommendations that health awareness campaign/trainings among students on health risks implications and on admission of students, during orientation the universities authorities should marshal modalities to halt the use of shisha and all other forms of tobacco use.

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