A Cross Sectional Study On The Attitude, Awareness And Use Of Tobacco Among The Undergraduate Medical Students Of Chennai.
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 8, Pages 3460-3466
AbstractBackground:Tobacco usage is the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in the world.It is the risk factor for cardiovascular, respiratory diseases, cancer, and many other debilitating conditions. Every year more than 8 million people die from tobacco usage. Most tobacco related deaths occur in Low and middle income countries which are often the targets for numerous tobacco industries and marketing.
Objectives:To assess the attitude & awareness of tobacco usage among the undergraduate medical students of Chennai.
Methodology:A cross sectional study was done on 303 undergraduate medical students of Chennai using a pre designed questionnaire to study about the problem and various correlates of the tobacco usage. Data was collected and analysed using Excel & SPSS software.
Result :Out of the 303 students with a male population of 181 (59.73%) and a female population of 122 (40.27%) who participated in the survey , about 20.4% of the students smoke and 79.6% of the students do not smoke . Out of them 224 students came from home as day scholars and 79 of them lived in hostels. Most of the students were in the age category of 18 to 20 years( 174 students ) . And most of them came from nuclear families (227 students). Most of the medical students belonged to 3rd year of study
Conclusion: Tobacco use among medical students is a significant problem. Important factors affecting it are gender, family history, current living status, stress, peer group pressure, media influences. Special awareness programme and specific training regarding tobacco cessation should be given to medical students.
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