We tried in this study to evaluate a low-cost survey method, namely mail survey, to assess the smoking patterns among adults in Aleppo.
Eight hundred standard questionnaires were distributed to random mail boxes at the Central Post Office of Aleppo-Syria.
Core questions about smoking status were included in the questionnaires together with questions about some socio-economic characteristics of the surveyed.
Among the returned questionnaires, 313 (response rate 39%) were valid for further analysis (257 males/mean age+SEM 40+1 year, and 56 females age 37+1 year).
The female sample size was small to allow any conclusions.
The prevalence of daily smoking was 33.4% among males and 7.1% among females.
Male daily smokers smoked 23+1 cigarettes per day on average.
Quit ratio for males was (24.4%). Smokers were significantly more frequent in bigger households (p<0.005) and in houses where smokers live (p<0.001).
Ever smoking was significantly associated with the presence of a smoker or more within the immediate family of the surveyed (p<0.01).
Income and level of education were not related to smoking status of the studied sample (p>0.05).
This study shows the inadequacy of mail survey as a method for the assessment of tobacco use among the general population in Aleppo, mainly due to the sample not being representative. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Tabagisme, Evaluation, Epidémiologie, Questionnaire, Enquête par correspondance, Syrie, Asie, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Tobacco smoking, Evaluation, Epidemiology, Questionnaire, Mail inquiry, Syria, Asia, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0243527
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 16/11/1999.