Habits and lifestyles among medical students: smoking status as a possible risk factor
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Sapienza University of Rome Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases - Sapienza University of Rome Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Roma Italy
Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, Italy Viale Regina Elena 299 - 00161 Roma Italy
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A909
Background and objective:
Literature suggests that some habits (e.g., smoking and drinking) are more common among students with specific lifestyle patterns. This study aims to assess habits and lifestyles in a sample of second-year medical students at Sapienza University of Rome.

Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10), Cigarette Dependance Scale (CDS-5), Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence and Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire (MEQ) were administered to students online and face-to-face. Questions on sedentary lifestyle, consumption of energy drinks (tea, coffee, energy drink) and binge drinking were also included.

A total of 218 students (mean age=22.4, females 61.5%) took part in the survey. Possible associations between smoking status and lifestyles were investigated; 23.4% of the students were smokers. PSS-10 did not show significant differences for smoking status, while the mean number of energy drinks used was 3.3 (SD= 1.7) for smokers and 2.4 (SD= 1.6) for non-smokers (p

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