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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 31-33

A study to assess the prevalence, knowledge, and sociodemographic predictors of tobacco use among adults in Gujarat

Clinical Practitioner, Daman, Daman and Diu, India

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Dr. Nilima Vaghela
Clinical Practitioner, Daman, Daman and Diu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_13_22

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Background: Tobacco Consumption is a public health challenge In India. The purpose of this study was to examine occupation-, education-, and gender-specific patterns of tobacco use and knowledge of its health effects among 1000 rural Asian Indians ≥18 years in Gujarat. Materials and Methods: A statewide, community-based, cross-sectional survey was conducted in Gujarat, using face-to-face interviews. Results: Tobacco consumption was significantly higher among males, those who were self-employed, and those with elementary education. The prevalence was higher among males than females. Adjusted ORs for tobacco use showed a strong gradient by age and educational level. Conclusion: Effective educational programs should be tailored by gender to improve knowledge of health risks and dispel myths about the perceived benefits of tobacco.

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