Indian Journal of Public Health

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Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 286--289

Tobacco abuse among school going adolescents in a rural area of West Bengal, India


Anindya Mukherjee1, Abhik Sinha2, Pranita Taraphdar3, Gandhari Basu4, Debadatta Chakrabarty1 
1 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Medical College, Kolkata, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura, India
4 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Burdwan Medical College, Burdwan, India

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Anindya Mukherjee
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Medical College, Kolkata - 700073
India

Adolescents are vulnerable targets of tobacco industry with all consequences of usage. Studies reveal that tobacco abuse is rising in this age group in India. A cross sectional survey was carried out in two coeducational high schools of Anandanagar village of Singur block, Hooghly district, West Bengal among 276 students of VIII-IX standard to study the knowledge and abuse of tobacco and to find out influencing socio-demographic factors. Knowledge score was higher in females, students from nuclear families, and those with literate parents. Low prevalence of tobacco intake was obtained among the students, with 9.8% reported having ever used smokeless tobacco and 4.3% ever smoked. Tobacco intake was higher among those with a history of parental tobacco intake. Continued information education and communication (IEC) activities should be conducted by the school authorities, with involvement of nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and parents for primary prevention.


How to cite this article:
Mukherjee A, Sinha A, Taraphdar P, Basu G, Chakrabarty D. Tobacco abuse among school going adolescents in a rural area of West Bengal, India.Indian J Public Health 2012;56:286-289


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Mukherjee A, Sinha A, Taraphdar P, Basu G, Chakrabarty D. Tobacco abuse among school going adolescents in a rural area of West Bengal, India. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2012 [cited 2022 May 23 ];56:286-289
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