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Table 2 Current status of smoking behavior among monks and novices

From: Smoking prevalence, determinants, knowledge, attitudes and habits among Buddhist monks in Lao PDR

  Total
Variables N %
Age of first trying cigarette on regular basis (Mean = 17.23; SD = 3.238; Min = 10; Max = 30)
   ≤ 14 yrs 13 15.1
   15 – 20 yrs 62 72.1
   ≥ 21 yrs 11 12.8
When did you start smoking   
   Before becoming monk/novice 18 20.9
   During period of monkhood 68 79.1
How long did you smoke regularly (Mean = 5.10; SD = 5.14; Min = 1; Max = 21)
   1 y 22 25.6
   2 yrs 14 16.3
   3 – 4 yrs 21 24.4
   5–9 yrs 12 13.9
   ≥ 10 yrs 17 19.8
N° of cigarettes smoked during a day (Mean = 7.64; SD = 8.83; Min = 1; Max = 40)
   1–3 cs 34 39.5
   4 – 9 cs 26 30.2
   10 – 19 cs 15 17.5
   ≥ 20 cs 11 12.8
Have you smoked 100 (or more) cigarettes in your life
   Yes 71 82.6
   No 15 17.4
First cigarette: How long after getting up/waking up
   ≤ 15 mns 29 33.7
   15 – 30 mns 7 8.1
   ≤ 1 hr 36 41.9
   Others 14 16.3
Reason for starting smoking (Multiple responses)
   Boredom 4 3.4
   Peer pressure 58 48.7
   To relieve stress 21 17.7
   To imitate adults 11 9.2
   Did not buy/received for free 8 6.7
   Reduce hunger 3 2.5
   Others 14 11.8
Getting cigarettes from:
   Buy 62 45
   Get from People 34 24.6
   Get from fellow monk 33 23.9
   Others 9 6.5