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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-13

Change in attitude of smokeless tobacco users after educational intervention”

1 Faculty, College of Nursing-Santosh Medical College, GZBD, New Delhi, India
2 Faculty-College of Nursing, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
3 Faculty-Department of Psychiatry & NDDTC, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
4 Faculty- Centre for Dental Education & Research, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Sandhya Gupta
Faculty-College of Nursing, AIIMS, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-1505.260544

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Tobacco exposure is the single greatest preventable cause of morbidity, disability and mortality for chronic and debilitating diseases. In public health education, an important aspect is treatment of tobacco use dependence. This experimental study is intended to deter use of smokeless tobacco for users who seeks treatment and who doesn’t seek treatment as well. The study was conducted using a pre test post test design on smokeless tobacco users (taking dental treatment= 40, not taking-dental treatment= 40) in a tertiary care setting. The Educational video was received by subjects in two groups, dental group and non-dental group. Educational video is a video film of 14 minutes was developed by researcher that included contents related to chemical properties of tobacco, its harmful health effects, the diseases caused by tobacco use and the facilities available for treatment. Subject data sheet and attitude questionnaire where used as tool for the study. The mean age of subjects in dental group was 39 years and in non-dental group was 34 years. Most of the subjects in dental group and non-dental group were using gutka. Attitude scores of subjects significantly increase from pre-test (55.32±7.0 ) to post-test (62.74 ±4.2). There was statistically significant difference between attitude scores of subjects in dental group (60.3±13.23) and non-dental group(62.6±4.19) at one month follow up (p=<0.05). The Educational video film regarding ill effects of tobacco use and its treatment was effective in enhancing positive attitude. Hence video film regarding ill effects of tobacco use and its treatment is found equally useful for both potential and current smokeless tobacco users, those having dental/oral cavity complications as well as those who are not yet seeking for dental/oral cavity treatment.

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