DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20183967

A cross-sectional study to assess the prevalence of tobacco abuse among adolescents in urban field practice area under Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

Ramya N., Ramakrishna Reddy N., Ranganath T. S., Subathra V.

Abstract


Background: Worldwide tobacco usage is described as the single most important preventable cause of mortality and morbidity. Its rapid spread and widespread acceptance characters the addition. Only the mode of delivery has changed. In spite of the knowledge and proven association of major diseases with tobacco, its continued use is an important public health issue. The objective of the study was to assess the prevalence of tobacco abuse among adolescent age group in urban field practice area under Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at H. Siddaiah road, urban field practice area under Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute (BMC & RI), Bangalore during the period of August 2016- October 2016 among adolescents (both boys and girls) residing in that area. Sample Size was calculated to be 115. Data were collected using a pre-tested questionnaire by interview method. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics.

Results: Out of 115 study individuals, 71 (61.73%) have used some form of tobacco. 64 (55.65%) individuals have used a smoking form of tobacco, of which 42 (65.62%) were boys and 22 (34.37%) were girls. 28 (24.34%) individuals have used a smokeless form of tobacco, of which 19 (67.85%) were boys and 9 (32.14%) were girls.

Conclusions: Tobacco has posed a major threat to the upcoming generation. Health education should be given to the adolescents regarding health hazards due to tobacco use.


Keywords


Tobacco, Abuse, Adolescent, Cigarette, A smokeless form of tobacco

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