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Effects of Smoking on Body Mass Index among University Students in Bangladesh

Both smoking and being overweight are two major global public health issues nowadays that can raise the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic disorders and that can lead to death. This study aims to determine the association between smoking and body mass index (BMI) among university students in Bangladesh. A cross-sectional research design is adopted; the target population of the study is university students including all religions and races. With the aid of a non-probability convenience sampling technique, a total of 910 university students participated in the study. Descriptive statistics and parametric statistical analyses were used to analyze the data collected from the respondents. Among the respondents, smokers and non-smokers represented 496 (54.5%) and 414 (45.5%) respectively. Among the 496 smokers of respondents, their smoking intensity score showed 70.6% of respondents were low dependent on nicotine and 29.4% were high dependent on nicotine. There was a significant difference between subjects who smoked cigarettes and those who did not smoke cigarettes regarding gender, age, study group, current living status, socio-economic class, and religion (p < 0.05). The present study showed a significant association between high smoking intensity with overweight (p < 0.05). According to the study, smoking cigarettes over an extended period is associated with a lower BMI and vice versa. We find that 54.5% of the university students in our sample were smokers, and we think that if awareness programs are introduced or increased in universities with regular activities of universities the percentage of smoking is decreased. When someone managing their body weight, smoking status and quitting techniques should also be taken into consideration.

Smoking, BMI, Overweight, University Students, Bangladesh

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Akter, T., Tabassum, M., Parvej, M. I. (2024). Effects of Smoking on Body Mass Index among University Students in Bangladesh. Science, Technology & Public Policy, 8(1), 1-8.

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Akter, T.; Tabassum, M.; Parvej, M. I. Effects of Smoking on Body Mass Index among University Students in Bangladesh. Sci. Technol. Public Policy 2024, 8(1), 1-8. doi: 10.11648/stpp.20240801.11

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Akter T, Tabassum M, Parvej MI. Effects of Smoking on Body Mass Index among University Students in Bangladesh. Sci Technol Public Policy. 2024;8(1):1-8. doi: 10.11648/stpp.20240801.11

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