Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, Education and Research

Register      Login

VOLUME 48 , ISSUE 4 ( October-December, 2014 ) > List of Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Tobacco Habits among the 8 to 15 Years School Children of Rural Haryana

Vidya Rattan, Utkal Mohanty

Citation Information : Rattan V, Mohanty U. Tobacco Habits among the 8 to 15 Years School Children of Rural Haryana. J Postgrad Med Edu Res 2014; 48 (4):183-185.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10028-1127

Published Online: 00-12-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim

The present cross-sectional study was undertaken to determine the prevalence and age at initiation of tobacco use among school children in rural areas of Haryana.

Materials and methods

A cluster sample design was used to produce a representative sample of schools from Panchkula and Ambala district. All students were included from the selected schools and information regarding tobacco use was collected from students of class 3 to 10 (8-15 years) through a self-administered questionnaire.

Results

A total of 3526 students with average age of 12.2 ± 2.3 years were screened for tobacco use. About 182 (5.1%) school children were found to be ever users of tobacco and 79 (2.2%) were current tobacco users in any form. Peer pressure was found to be the most common cause of initiating tobacco use by the students.

Conclusion

Prevalence of tobacco use among the school children of rural Haryana is lower than that reported in urban areas by Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS). However, the downward shift of the age at initiation (<10 years) is a matter of grave concern, which needs to be tackled by creating suitable school environment through health promotion and strengthening anti tobacco laws.

How to cite this article

Rattan V, Mohanty U, Goyal A. Tobacco Habits among the 8 to 15 Years School Children of Rural Haryana. J Postgrad Med Edu Res 2014;48(4):183-185.


PDF Share
  1. Linking global youth tobacco survey (GYTS) data to the WHO framework convention on tobacco control: the case for India. Ind J Public Health 2006;50(2):76-89.
  2. Curbing the epidemic: governments and the economics of tobacco control. Washington DC, The World Bank 1999.
  3. Tobacco use and oral cancer: a global perspective. J Dent Educ 2001;65(4):328-339.
  4. Smokeless tobacco and premalignant and malignant lesions of the oral cavity. Indian J Med Sci 1991;45(10):273-275.
  5. Tobacco associated lesions of the oral cavity: Part I. Nonmalignant lesions. J Can Dent Assoc 2000; 66(5):252-256.
  6. Tobacco and oral diseases. Update on the evidence, with recommendations. Med Princ Pract 2003;12(S1):22-32.
  7. Epidemiological determinants of tobacco use in Gujarat state, India. Ind J Comm Med 2006;31(3):173-176.
  8. Age at initiation and prevalence of tobacco use among school children in Noida, India: a cross-sectional questionnaire based survey. Ind J Med Res 2011;133(3):300-307.
  9. Consumption of tobacco, alcohol and betel leaf amongst school children in Delhi. Ind J Pediatr 2005;72(11):993.
  10. Tobacco use among students in the eight north-eastern states of India. Ind J Cancer 2003;40(2):43-59.
  11. Global youth tobacco survey, Haryana 2003.
  12. Global youth tobacco survey, Chandigarh 2003.
  13. Report on the results of the global youth tobacco survey in Uttar Pradesh, 2002.
  14. Tobacco use among school students in Goa, India. Ind J Public Health 2004;48(3):147-152.
  15. Tobacco use in rural Indian children. Ind Pediatr 1997;34(10): 923-927.
PDF Share

© Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) LTD.