A study on tobacco consumption in various forms among the tobacco field workers

Authors:Avinash P Tekade , Venkata Venu Gopala Raju Srijampana ,Silpa G , S Latif babu , Vijay Sarathi Y
Int J Biol Med Res. 2012; 3(2): 1509-1511  |  PDF File

Abstract

Background: The tobacco field workers are more prone for the tobacco hazards. Hypothesis :As the tobacco in any form is gravely injurious to the heath and tobacco field workers are more prone for the habits of same. Objective: To find out the prevalence of tobacco use and tobacco addiction in the tobacco field workers. Methods & Materials: Tobacco chewing habits, Tobacco chewing dependence/Addiction, Tobacco Smoking habit, Tobacco smoking dependence/Addiction. Design: 178 males and 247 females were involved in this study. Then the complete personal history is obtained regarding tobacco use. Results: 80.89% men have the tobacco chewing habit and 68.55 % men are Addicted to this habit.82.59% female have the tobacco chewing habit and 70.85 % female are Addicted to this habit. 56.17% men have the smoking habit and 50% men are Addicted to this habit. But interestingly in female, 3.64% female have the smoking habit and 0.8% female are Addicted to this, thanks to Indian customs. Conclusion: Health education regarding the tobacco & its products is very essential particularly to the high risk individuals. They should be counseled and deaddicted in deaddiction centre. Free medical facility should be provided to this high risk group. Particularly WHO’s “MPOWER” policies can counter the tobacco epidemic and reduce its death toll.