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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 389-393

Correlates of knowledge and consumption of tobacco in adolescent males of an Urban Slum in Western Maharashtra


Department of Community Medicine, AFMC, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Vikram Singh Grewal
Department of Community Medicine, AFMC, Pune, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_258_18

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Context: Tobacco use is the forerunner among the most serious public health issues threatening the world. Problem is compounded by the fact that most of tobacco users indulge in tobacco from adolescence. More than one-fourth of young men in India consume tobacco. The National Health Policy 2017 aims to reduce the prevalence of tobacco usage by 15% by 2020. To achieve this goal, the youth must be targeted to abstain from tobacco. Aim: To study the correlates of the knowledge and consumption of tobacco in adolescent males. Settings and Design: This was a cross-sectional study in a school in an urban slum in Western Maharashtra. Methodology: The study was conducted in a school in an urban slum on 394 adolescent males using pretested self-administered questionnaire. All the participants gave assent. Ethical permission from the institutional ethics committee was taken. Statistical Analysis Used: Percentages and Pearson's Chi-square test were done using SPSS 20. Results: The proportion of adolescents having knowledge about hazards of tobacco was 65.2%, while the prevalence of tobacco use was 24.4%. Tobacco usage was found to be significantly associated with the usage in family; paradoxically, the adolescents who witness tobacco use at home were more likely to have knowledge about hazards of tobacco. Knowledge about harms of tobacco use was found to be significantly associated with educational status of mother. Conclusion: Important correlates of knowledge about hazards of tobacco usage were the type of family, maternal education, as well as usage of tobacco in family.


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