Indian Journal of Public Health

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

Tobacco use among school students in Goa, India


Mangesh S Pednekar, Prakash C Gupta 
 Healis – Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, Navi Mumbai, India

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Mangesh S Pednekar
Healis – Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, Navi Mumbai
India

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«SQ» current tobacco use.


How to cite this article:
Pednekar MS, Gupta PC. Tobacco use among school students in Goa, India.Indian J Public Health 2004;48:147-152


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Pednekar MS, Gupta PC. Tobacco use among school students in Goa, India. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2004 [cited 2019 Oct 23 ];48:147-152
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