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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: To study the epimemology of tobacco use in rural college students,
Methods: 500 students in 4 district level colleges were randomly distributed the questionnaire about the tobacco use.
Results: the majority of college students were above 22 years. The F:M was 1:2.7. .46.0% of total students came from remote villages. In India 65% of population resides in villages. The status of tobacco use of the family was also seen as 27.2% of the total sample of families. The forms of tobacco were bidi and cigarette smoking, gutka, pan with tobacco, tobacco chewing, and khaini. The prevalence of tobacco use was 21.6% among college students. The type of tobacco use was 57.4% in the form of gutka, other forms were bidi and cigarette smoking and khaini.55.5% used the tobacco due to habit. . Most of the students started the tobacco use due to persuasion of their friends (64.8%).As far as non smokers are concern; most of the students have not started the tobacco due to the health hazards of tobacco. There was a good knowledge level about the health hazards (98.2%).34.9% of these students knows the hazard as cancer in general, followed by pulmonary tuberculosis. Most of the students got the knowledge from the news papers (46%) ,the level of early signs of cancer was low.73.2% of college students were not aware of early signs of cancer, while 17.6% know lump in breast as an early sign of cancer. The best medium for the cancer education the society was television (39.2%) and news papers (28.4%).