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The Promotion of Smoking Habit through Music: Pilot Study

Vasilopoulos Aristidis

Introduction: The involvement of music is particularly important either in physical and mental health or in emotional and social development of humans. Music contributes to the promotion of health, the rehabilitation of disability and the socialization of individuals and it maintains well-being. The effect of music either on the human body or on the human behavior is expressed variously. Smoking is a deadly habit that can be prevented. The start of smoking is a global public health problem. The promotion of smoking through music seems to have a direct influence on the adoption of tobacco addiction patterns and behaviors.

Aim: The objective of this study was to determine the promotion of smoking through music.

Material and Methods: The data were collected by random from musical foundations of the internet, using a questionnaire. The study includes 400 Greek and 400 English-language songs. Statistical analysis was performed using the statistical package for social science SPSS 17.

Results: The proportion of viewing smoking habit is 8% for Greek lyrics and 6% for English. The 45% of the Greek songs and 55% in the English displayed alcohol intake and smoking habit. No track did appear anti-smoking messages.

Conclusions: The results show the existence of a serious social problem with a direct impact on human health. Institutions have to contribute to the increase of anti-smoking messages with content and intensify anti-smoking efforts.