Tobacco use among undergraduates of a private medical college in Mangalore- Knowledge, Attitude and Practice

Yadiyal, Aruna Muralidhar and Mittal, Shobhana and Shenoy, Nandita and Chopra, Ashima and Mithra, Prasanna P (2015) Tobacco use among undergraduates of a private medical college in Mangalore- Knowledge, Attitude and Practice. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, 5 (8). pp. 1-8. ISSN 2250-3153

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Background: Tobacco surveillance among medical students offers an opportunity to assess the preparedness for tobacco control among future health care professionals in India. Objective: To study the awareness and pattern of tobacco use among Undergraduate Medical Students of a private medical college in Mangalore, Karnataka. Material and Methods: A Cross-sectional study was conducted among 102 medical students using a predesigned and pretested, semi-structured, self-administered anonymous questionnaire. Data was analyzed by using SPSS v 16. Results: Despite of being aware about its harmful effects, nearly one fifth of the students had used tobacco. Majority of them were aged between 19-21 years with the age of initiation being less than 18 years. Cigarette smoking was the most common form of abuse among these students. It was alarming to note that almost all students (98%) reported that they had not been trained in tobacco cessation as a part of their curriculum. Lack of training in tobacco cessation was also cited as the primary reason why the students did not feel confident to impart psycho-education to patients regarding tobacco use or help them quit the habit. Conclusion: The study reflects an alarming situation with tobacco use among medical students being an issue of grave concern. This destructive behavior not only causes personal harm, but also reduces future health professionals’ ability to motivate or counsel the patients effectively. The lacunae in imparting education about tobacco use, as well as inculcating life skills for coping with stress, need urgent attention.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tobacco, Smoking, Undergraduates, Medical Students
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Oral Medicine and Radiology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2015 16:04
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2015 16:04

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