Honors Program

Midway Honors, Honors in Nursing

Date of Award

5-2014

Thesis Professor(s)

Ellen Drummond

Thesis Professor Department

Nursing

Thesis Reader(s)

Loyd Lee Glenn, Brittany Wilkins

Abstract

Tobacco use is one of the most preventable sources of death and disease, and yet remains a worldwide problem. With the rising costs of healthcare, the focus of efforts to control them has honed in on lifestyle behaviors that contribute to the escalating costs. Within the scope of this scrutiny, the prevention or cessation of smoking and tobacco usage has become a global priority and a major focal point of worldwide anti-tobacco initiatives. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified cessation interventions by health care professionals as a crucial factor in successful patient smoking cessation, and studies have shown that personal smoking behaviors by health care professionals are a barrier to effective smoking cessation interventions by those professionals (Lally et al., 2008; Radsma & Bottorff, 2009). This knowledge fueled the creation and distribution of global surveys by the WHO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) to investigate the prevalence of smoking behaviors in health care professionals and in health care students (“Global Health Professions,” 2014; “WHO/CDC Global,” 2014). This study utilized the Global Health Professions Student Survey. The current study investigated the prevalence of smoking in nursing students of all educational levels at East Tennessee State University, with the expectation that the percentage of students who currently smoke would be substantially lower than that of students who do not smoke. The survey also investigated attitudes towards the role of health professionals in patient smoking cessation and towards personal smoking behaviors.

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Withheld

Copyright

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