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Tobacco control practices in 25 schools of West Bengal.

Authors
  • Sinha, Dhirendra N
  • Roychowdhury, Soma
Type
Published Article
Journal
Indian Journal of Public Health
Publisher
Medknow Publications
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2004
Volume
48
Issue
3
Pages
128–131
Identifiers
PMID: 15709599
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Information about tobacco use prevalence, knowledge and attitude was assessed among school personnel in schools of West Bengal. Statistical analysis was done using SUDAAN and the C-sample procedure in Epi-Info. The school response rate was 100%. Current any smoking and smokeless tobacco use was reported by 30.9% and 13.1% school personnel, respectively. Current daily smoking, and smokeless tobacco use reported by 20.4%, and 5.8% school personnel respectively. Men reported significantly more for all kinds of daily tobacco use as compared to women. School tobacco control policy on three scales was reported poor (17.7-30%). However most of the school personnel felt need for such policies (82.7-93.6%). Teaching and training on tobacco was reported low (29.9%-50.4%). However most of the school personnel (79.1-93.6%) were supportive on different measures of tobacco control. Training of school personnel may provide students with essential tools to help them adopt and maintain a smoke free lifestyle.

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