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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

Tobacco Use Attitude and Behaviour among Students in India in 2003 and 2006

Sinha Dhirendra, MD, MS, Ph.D1, Warren Chales Wick, Ph.D2, and Samira Asma2. (1) Oncology /Surgery, School of Preventive Oncology/ SK Medical College, A/27, Anandpuri,, Boring Canal road ,, Patna, 800001, Iraq, (2) Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health, CDC, 4770 Buford Highway, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, Atlanta,, GA

Tobacco use attitude and behaviour among students in India in 2003 and 2006

Sinha DN, Warren CW, Asma S


Objective: The Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) is a world-wide collaborative surveillance initiative that includes governments and non-governmental organizations under the leadership of the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The GYTS was designed to enhance the capacity of countries to design, implement, and evaluate tobacco control and prevention programs. First India, GYTS, was performed in 2003. Repeat India GYTS is going on.

Methods: The GYTS is a self-administered survey, with a standard methodology, that applies a core questionnaire to a representative school-based sample of students, aged 13-15 years that correspond to grade 8-10 in India.

Results: In India GYTS, 2003 it was found that there was a great difference in tobacco use attitude and behaviour and tobacco education among students in different regions of India. Results of GYTS, 2006 will provide a comparison.

Conclusion: Comparison of these two GYTS will provide strategies to further plan youth tobacco control and prevention programs in India