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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-30

Prevalence, environmental exposure towards tobacco use among health professions’ students

1 Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing, NIMHANS, Bangalore-29, India
2 Lecturer, College of Nursing, NIMHANS, Bangalore-29, India

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K N Jayanthi
Lecturer, College of Nursing, NIMHANS, Bangalore-29
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-1505.260545

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Tobacco is the world’s major preventable killer. The world is in a state of tobacco epidemic, with larger population of tobacco users. According to WHO, tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world. It is currently responsible for the death of one in ten adults worldwide. It has been predictable that the death tolls will reach, to 10 million by 2020, out of which 70 per cent will occur in the developing countries. The health professionals take part in considerable roles in tobacco control, their attitude and practice toward tobacco use can influence the health of the society. The present study aimed to assess Prevalence and exposure to environmental tobacco use, among the Health professions’ students. A cross sectional survey conducted among nursing and pharmacy students. The study used questionnaire from Global Health professions’Students Survey (GHPSS) which was developed by the World Health Organization, US Center for Disease Control and the Canadian Public Health Association (2008).Descriptive research design was adapted for the present study. One Hundred and forty one subjects (Nursing (n=62) and Pharmacy (n=79) college students) were selected through purposive sampling method. The self administered questionnaire was distributed and data were collected for socio demographic characteristics and Prevalence of tobacco use and exposure to environmental tobacco use. The collected data were systematically coded, computed and analyzed using SPSS 21.0. Analyses of the data were done by authors in accordance with the specified objectives. Tobacco smoking prevalence among health professions’ students are relatively low; however, majority believed that health-care providers serve as role models for their patients and the public.

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