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IJHSR. 2015; 5(2): 37-41


Tobacco Consumption in a Rural Community - Pattern and Predictors.

Sunil Kumar D, Praveen Kulkarni, Kavitha H S, Anup G, Renuka M.

Abstract
Introduction: Tobacco consumption has a major detrimental effect on both the health and the socio-economic conditions. This study intends to find out the pattern of tobacco consumption in the rural population of Hadinaaru village, and thus come to know the current status, patterns and associated co-morbidities of tobacco consumption in the rural population.
Objectives: To find out the pattern of tobacco consumption among a rural population of Mysore. To correlate the factors influencing the tobacco addiction and factors contributing to quit.
Methodology: This Cross-Sectional study was conducted in Hadinaaru village of Mysore district for a period of three months. A total of 606 adults residing in the study area were included in the study.
Results: Tobacco was consumed by 22.1% of the study population and majority of them consumed beedis (64.9%). Tobacco consumption was more among illiterates (64.1%) and those belonging to class V socio economic status (70.1%).
Conclusion: Prevention and control of tobacco consumption requires proper health education to both adolescents as well as adults.

Key words: Tobacco consumption pattern; Rural; Smoking; Beedi; Cigarette; Pattern.



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