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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 study attempted to assess the extent of knowledge of tobacco use prevention skills, attitude and prevalence of tobacco usage was assessed among school teachers in Allahabad, North India. The wide-spread usage of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in the form of gutka and paan masala prompted us to examine the possible role models of school students, hopefully leading the to a tobacco-free world .
Methods: A single cluster sample design with probability proportional to the enrolment in grades 8-12 was used. The teachers answered a questionnaire and were interviewed by the investigators.
Results: The school response rate was 100%. School personnel response rate was 75%, the proportion of men being higher. Current cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use reported by all teachers was 20% and 60% respectively. Over 70% school personnel felt need for policy prohibiting tobacco use among students and school personnel. There was no training among school personnel on tobacco use prevention skills. The majority of the school personnel expressed their desire to get such training. It was concluded that a positive environment for tobacco use prevention needs to be created by adopting a comprehensive tobacco control policy for schools. Before the issue is dealt with the students, training of school personnel on tobacco use prevention skill and supply of teaching materials should be a priority.