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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 - 4:00 PM

Role of Tobacco-Use Habit of Family Members and Peers on Tobacco-Use Habit of Adolescent Students in Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City of Nepal

Deepak Paudel, MPH, Community Health, CARE International in Nepal, Krishna Galli, Pulchowk, GPO Box # 1661, Kathmandu, Nepal and Ramjee Prasad Pathak, MPH, Department of Community Medicine and Family Health, Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine.

Objective: The study aims to examine the role of tobacco-use habit of family members and peers on tobacco-use habit of adolescent students in Pokhara sub metropolitan city in Nepal.

Methods: This is a descriptive survey among 2032 adolescent students from eighteen randomly selected secondary schools of Pokhara. Anonymous self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection. Data analysis used logistics regression model.

Results: About seven in ten (71.0%) adolescent students were living in the family where at least one member uses tobacco and about half (43.9%) of adolescent students reported that at least one of their best friends use tobacco. Adolescent students from the family with at least one family member using tobacco were 1.79 times more likely to use tobacco as compared to those from the family with no member using tobacco. Similarly, adolescent students with at least one best friend using tobacco were 5.93 times more likely to use tobacco as compared to those with no best friend using tobacco. If both the family members and friends use tobacco, the adolescent students were 8.93 times more likely to use tobacco as those with no friends and family members using tobacco.

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