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VOLUME 10,ISSUE 1
January - March 2021
 
Abstract

A KAP study on tobacco use among school children of Ahmadabad

Monark  J. Vyas1, Amul B. Patel2*

1Assistant professor, Community medicine department, GMERS medical college, Gotri, Vadodara, 2Associate professor, Community medicine department, GMERS medical college, Junagadh

ABSTRACT

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Tobacco is identified as the single most lethal agent known to humanity. Objective of the study was to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of adolescents towards tobacco use. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross sectional study was conducted among adolescents studying in various schools of Ahmadabad city. The study population was 2000 students of class VIII to XII from 532 schools. The Study duration was one year from 1st January 2011 to 31 December 2011.  Data obtained were analyzed by Epi-info software version 7. RESULTS: 95% of study respondents knew that tobacco leads to cancer. None of the study respondents knew about tobacco control act. 40% told that passive smoking/second hand smoke is harmful to their body. 96% believed that smoking should be banned from public places. Majority of current tobacco users (80%) want to quit their habit of tobacco consumption. CONCLUSION: majority of students were aware of health hazards due to tobacco consumption, knew that it is illegal in public places and wanted to quit.

 

Key words: Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, Tobacco consumption, Adolescent students.

 

Keywords: A KAP study on tobacco use among school children


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