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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 159-162

Mass media exposure to tobacco messages among secondary school children in Mumbai

1 Research Officer, Salaam Bombay Foundation,102-Maker Chamber III, Nariman Point, India
2 Assistant Professor, School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, V N Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Hemal Pereira Shroff
Assistant Professor, School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, V N Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai - 88, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.99917

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The objectives of this study were to explore differences in exposure to media messages (pro- and antitobacco messages, marketing and promotions) between students consuming tobacco, areca nut, nonconsumers, and those intending to quit and to examine differences between municipal and private school students. The Global Youth Tobacco Survey was completed by secondary school students (N = 534) from municipal and private schools in Mumbai. Overall, the number of students who reported ever use of tobacco was quite low (5.1%). There was no significant difference in exposure to media messages between users of tobacco, areca nut, and nonusers. There were significantly higher numbers of ever users of tobacco in private compared to municipal schools. There was a significant association between exposure to marketing and promotions and intention to quit, but not with the other exposure variables. Media exposure may be related to intention to quit but not to quitting behavior.

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