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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 128-131

Tobacco control practices in 25 schools of West Bengal

1 School of Preventive Oncology, Patna, India
2 Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute Kolkata, 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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PMID: 15709599

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Information about tobacco use prevalence, knowledge and attitude was assessed among school personnel in schools of West Bengal. Statistical analysis was done using SUDAAN; and the C-sample procedure in Epi-Info. The school response rate was 100%. Current any smoking and smokeless tobacco use was reported by 30.9% and 13.1% school personnel respectively. Current daily smoking, and smokeless tobacco use reported by 20.4%, and 5.8% school personnel respectively. Men reported significantly more for all kinds of daily tobacco use as compared to women. School tobacco control policy on three scales was reported poor (17.7- 30%). However most of the school personnel felt need for such policies (82.7-93.6%).Teaching and training on tobacco was reported low (29.9%-50.4%). However most of the school personnel (79.1-93.6%) were supportive on different measures of tobacco control. Training of school personnel may provide students with essential tools to help them adopt and maintain a smoke free lifestyle.

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