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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 7-13

Awareness of ill-effects of Smoking Among Male Patients of SBDC&H

Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Velachery Main Road, Narayanapuram, Pallikaranai, Chennai-601302, India

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Objectives: The survey was undertaken to assess the awareness of ill-effects of smoking among the smokers, beginning of their habit and their efforts to stop smoking. Materials and methods: 500 smokers were randomly selected among the male patients of Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital and their views were elicited through a questionnaire, random samples selected by convenient sampling method. Results: In the survey, 41.2% were 25-35 yrs old. A majority of respondents began smoking before 25 yrs of age (83.6%). While 67.2 % were self-employed, friends influenced 77.4% and 45.2% smoke 5-10 cigarettes everyday. About, 88% think smoking can affect other organs, of which 65.2% say lungs are affected. While 35.4% smoke to relieve tension, 35.2% smoke "just like that". And 37% think the ill effect is bad breath. While 54.2% of people cough during smoking, 81.4% know passive smoking is harmful and 92 % don't influence others. 71.8% want to stop smoking of which 30.6% on advice, 28.2% because of awareness. About 60% of samples say television can spread awareness. About 61% has visited a dentist of which 73.1% was advised to stop smoking. Conclusions: Most smokers are aware of the ill effects. Thus the study gives hope that a smoking-free society can be built.

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