Table 1

Definition of variables

VariableDefinition
Current cigarette smokingStudents who smoked cigarettes on at least 1 day during the month preceding the survey
Ex-smoker/never smokersThose who had been smokers before but had stopped smoking at the time of the survey were considered ex-smokers
Exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) and supporting a ban on smoking in public places
  • Students who reported being exposed to SHS at home during the 7 days preceding the survey.

  • Students who reported being exposed to SHS in public spaces during the 7 days preceding the survey

  • Students who reported that they supported a ban on smoking in public places

Attitude and knowledgeOpinions of students towards smoking a cigarette, their knowledge on the harmful effects of smoking, and on the roles and responsibilities of health professionals
Tobacco educationStudents who responded with ‘yes’ to having been taught about the dangers of smoking in the year preceding the survey
Tobacco lessonsStudents who received formal training on cessation counselling and services during their medical training