Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002551
Title: Knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding smoking habits among school students in Chennai city
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Tobacco use is increasing among young people, and it is today by far the most popular form of smoking and is practiced by over 1 billion people in the world. Most of the smokers start smoking at 14 years of age in their school life. They are just trying to have some fun when they smoke the first cigarette. It starts as a way of having fun but ends as an addiction which is so difficult to give up. Tobacco smoking has been shown to affect oral health, has cosmetic effects such as tooth staining, and causes life-threatening conditions such as oral cancer. Smokers are also highly at risk for lung cancer, emphysema, stroke, and so on. Objective: This study aims to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding smoking habits among school students of Chennai city. Materials and Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional questionnaire study was carried out on students in the Chennai city from October to December 2017. Chennai city was divided into four parts (North, South, East, and West). From each part, one representative school was selected. To describe the smoking habits among the students, a total of 80 students of age group 14–18 years from four schools were taken as study subjects. Responses were obtained from the students who had smoking habits. Data collected were statistically analyzed and results obtained. Results: About 44% of students had smoked within the past 30 days. 36% of students believed that they will not become addicted to cigarettes during their experimental smoking phase. 52% of students answered that their friends smoked during their growing period. 24% of students replied that their parent/guardians smoked inside their home during their school-going period. Conclusion: From this survey, it is clear that most of the school-going students get addicted to cigarettes. Hence, they should be aware of detrimental effects of cigarettes in their young age itself which will prevent them from becoming addicted to tobacco products.

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    T. Vinaya Swetha1 , Revathi Duraisamy1 , M. P. Santhosh Kumar2 *

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    1Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: M. P. Santhosh Kumar, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    T. Vinaya Swetha1 , Revathi Duraisamy1 , M. P. Santhosh Kumar2 *

    Title:Knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding smoking habits among school students in Chennai city
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (Oct)
    Year:2018
    Page No: (2033-2037)
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    Methodology:cross-sectional questionnaire study
    Research Materials:School students

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Chennai city Males School students Smoking habits Tobacco products

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