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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 123-127

Tobacco use among school personnel in Orissa

1 School of Preventive Oncology, Patna, India
2 Healis Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, Navi Mumbai, India

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Dhirendra N Sinha
School of Preventive Oncology, A/27, Anandpuri, West Boring Canal Road, Patna-800 001, BIHAR
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Tobacco use prevalence, knowledge and attitude was assessed among school personnel in Orissa. A single cluster sample design with probability proportional to the enrolment in grades VIII-X was used. Statistical analysis was done using SUDAAN; and the C-sample procedure in Epi-Info. The school response rate was 100%. Over 72% of school personals participated in the survey, the proportion of men being 84%. Current cigarette smoking, bidi smoking and smokeless tobacco use was reported by 26.8%, 30.1% and 38.8% school personnel respectively. Current daily cigarette smoking, bidi smoking and smokeless tobacco use reported by 18.3%, 16.6% and 24.2% school personnel respectively. Men reported significantly more all kinds of daily tobacco use as compared to women. School tobacco control policy on three scales was reported poor (25-39%). However most of the school personnel felt need for such policies (88-98%).Teaching and training on tobacco was reported low (22.7%-35.9%).Most of the school personnel (87-95%) were supportive on different measures on tobacco control issues. Introduction of comprehensive school policies and enforcement on tobacco use may help to reduce adolescent and school personnel tobacco use.

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