Tobacco consumption in Chilean university students and associations with anthropometry, eating habits and sleep quality multicentric study


Tobacco, university students, food, breakfast, health


Introduction: Tobacco Consumption (TC) is one of the main causes of the deterioration of health. The objetive this study is to test the association of smoking with anthropometry, diet and sleep quality among Chilean university students. Cross-sectional study. University students (n=1454) from the North, South and Central parts of Chile were evaluated. A self-assessment survey was used to evaluate healthy and unhealthy eating habits,  nutritional status was evaluated by Body Mass Index (BMI). And  two surveys of sleep: the Questionnaire of Insomnia and the Epworth scale. Finally, he was consulted about tobacco Consumption. 30% of students consume tobacco, they have a higher score in unhealthy food consumption, less frequent weekly consumption, less daily fruit consumption, higher alcohol consumption and daily junk food consumption compared to non-consuming students. Men who consume tobacco present greater insomnia, sleep latency and daytime sleepiness compared to non-consumers; and women who consume tobacco have a higher weight and BMI. When performing the logistic regression, tobacco consumption is positively associated with alcohol consumption, whereas fish and vegetable consumption negatively. In conclusions, the students of both sexes who smoke have higher unfavorable health factors and quality of life


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