Perception of Pictorial Warning Present on Cigarette Packet Used in India among Graduating Dental Students of Bangalore City
Padma K Bhat, Amit Kumar
Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Rajarajeswari Dental College and Hospital Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Objectives: To assess the knowledge and perceptions of pictorial warning present on cigarette packet used in India among graduating dental students in Bangalore city.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among the graduating dental students of dental colleges in Bangalore, India. 490 graduating dental students participated in the study from 10 dental colleges which were randomly selected out of 17 dental colleges present in Bangalore, India.
A self constructed close ended questionnaire was given. This questionnaire consisted of 26 questions, framed to assess their knowledge as well as their perceptions of pictorial warning on cigarette packet used in India.
Results: 44.3% of the participants felt that the area covered should be full packet instead of the 40% of the packet that is covered right now.78.4% of them think that it should be present on both the sides of the packet.
79.2% of the participants were of opinion that picture with text message will be more effective.69.4% of the participants suggested that pictorial warnings should be present on single piece of cigarette too and 73.5% of them expressed that it should be changed regularly. Participants expressed less knowledge about pictorial warnings.
Conclusions : Our study shows that most of the participants were of opinion that pictorial warning should be more clear and visible. It should be present on both the sides of the packet and should cover the full packet. Pictorial warning with text message is the most effective way, should be present on single piece of cigarette and should be changed regularly.