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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 870-873

Prevalence of tobacco smoking in a group of software professionals in Bengaluru City


1 Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru, India
3 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru, India

Correspondence Address:
Mayur Nath T Reddy
Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru
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Background: There has been an alarming increase in smoking among young adults since the early 1990s. Tobacco smoking among adults is of public concern. Occupational stress and lifestyle patterns may be important factors associated with smoking among professionals. Aim of the study: To determine the prevalence of tobacco smoking among software professionals in a company in Bangalore city, India. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among software professionals working at a software company, Bangalore. The questionnaire was close ended, multiple choice consisting of seven questions. The questionnaire consisted of questions related to smoking tobacco and the participants' interest in tobacco cessation counseling. Results: Response rate in this study was 74%. The prevalence of smokers was 51% which includes both male and females. The major factor for the development of the habit of smoking among males was curiosity and style and fun among females. More than 50% in both the genders were not interested in tobacco cessation counseling. Conclusion: It is therefore, important to target this population; tobacco control and tobacco cessation activities continue to remain important public and personal health issues.


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