EFFECTIVENESS OF PEER EDUCATION ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS REGARDING HOOKAH DISADVANTAGES IN SHIRAZ

Health Promotion Perspectives

Volume 1 - Number Supple.1

Article Type: Original Article
Abstract: Introduction: According to WHO, about 80.000-100.000 teenagers start smoking everyday, most of which live in developing countries. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of peer education on both male and female student’s knowledge about hookah disadvantages in Shiraz. Materials and Methods: In this study 291 students were evaluated. 27.6% of both students and their families used to smoke hookah. 33.5% of them declared that their families used to smoke hookah. 58% of them believed that parks are suitable places for smoking hookah. 29.6% of them used to smoke hookah for curiosity, 17.7% did it for enjoyment. 60.3% of them had experienced smoking hookah. Discussion and conclusion: Results This study revealed that the difference between mean scores before and after intervention was 3.5 ±1.9 in male students and 0.46 ± 2.1 in female students. Difference between mean scores of female experimental group was 3.32 ±2.3 and it was 0.5 ± 2.1 in female control group. This difference was statistically meaning foul (P <0.05) which proves the effectiveness of peer education.