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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 303-307

Tobacco habits: A knowledge, attitude, behavior study in the age group of 19-25 years on cigarette smoking among students of Dayananda Sagar Institutions


1 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Dayananda Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, India
2 Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India
3 Tutor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Dayananda Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, India

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V Gopikrisna
Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Dayananda Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru
India
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Background: Tobacco habits exist amongst various age groups, societies, cultures and communities and have been a subject of great speculation amongst researchers, health officials and epidemiologists. Similar studies have been undertaken at length, done and dealt with time and again. Perhaps the desire to do a study at Dayananda Sagar Institutions has never been greater, given the fact that we come from an expansive campus of more than 10,000 students amongst whom smoking has been casually observed as a rampant behavior, especially in light of the recently passed smoke-free policies, requiring due attention. Hence, an attempt was made to assess the knowledge, attitude and behavior on the habit of cigarette smoking amongst the students. Aim and Objectives: To assess knowledge, attitude, behavior on the habit of cigarette smoking amongst Dayananda Sagar Institution (DSI)students in the age group of 19-25 years Materials and Methods: A self-administered questionnaire containing 28 questions on knowledge, attitude was administered randomly to a sample size of 500 students belonging to various branches at DSI campus. Data analysis was done using SPSS software. Results: 59% of the total study population was in the habit of cigarette smoking.The main reason for initiation of the habit seems to be social acceptance into friend's circle (15%) followed by casual experimentation (13%), and personal problems (8%).Parental influences on the habit of cigarette smoking stand at 13.43%. Conclusion: The habit of cigarette smoking appears to be considerably high among the campus students. Social pressures and personal problems appear to have a significant role in one picking the habit. There seems to be a dire need of provision of a counseling cell at the campus premises for handling such similar issues and implementing health awareness programmes.


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