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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 147-152

Tobacco use among school students in Goa, India

Healis Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, Navi Mumbai, India

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Mangesh S Pednekar
Healis Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, Navi Mumbai
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Information about prevalence of tobacco use was assessed among school children in Goa, India. Among 50 sampled schools, the school response rate was 98% and, over 94% students participated in the survey (56% were boys, 44% girls). Ever tobacco use was reported by 13.5% of which over 40% reported initiation at 10 years of age or earlier. The current tobacco use (any product) was reported by 4.5%, without much difference in smokeless tobacco use (2.8%) and smoking (3.0%). Smokeless tobacco was use mainly in the form of applying mishri, tobacco containing toothpaste or toothpowder. Smoking among boys was 3.5% and girls 2.2%. Nonusers reported knowledge about the harmful effect of tobacco two to three times more than tobacco users. Over about 50% of students reported having been taught in school about the dangers of tobacco use. Tobacco users (60.5%) as well as non-users (63%) favoured ban smoking in public places equally. Tobacco use by parents and close friends was positively associated with students' current tobacco use.

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