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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
Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of and factors associated with tobacco use among 10-12 years old students in Patna district, Bihar,India
Methods: Using a two-stage cluster sampling technique 1626 students (male 1027) were selected from 28 schools. Information on tobacco use, and socio-demographic variables were collected using a pre-tested anonymous self-administered questionnaire. Bivariate and multivariate analysis were done.
Results: Ever users in the sample were 16.6% (95% CI 14.8, 18.4) and current users were 5.1% (95% CI 4.1, 6.1). Among current tobacco users, 86.3% used smokeless tobacco, 8.7% were smokers and 5% used multiple forms. Among current users, one quarter started tobacco regularly from 3rd standard (~ 8 years). Current tobacco use was significantly associated with male sex (OR 2.3, CI 1.09-5.14), students not participating in sports (OR 2, CI 1.04-4.04), tobacco use among friends (OR 4, CI 2.02-8.25), unaware of harmful effects of tobacco (OR 2.6, CI 1.1-6.14) and students who were used by parents and teachers to buy tobacco for them (OR 2.1, CI 1.4-4.19).