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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 69-72

Knowledge and practice on tobacco use in school students, Nagaland

1 Burrows Memorial Christian Hospital, Cachar, Assam, India
2 Baptist Christian Hospital, Tezpur, Assam, India
3 Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India
4 Kohimas Hospital, Kohima, Nagaland, India
5 College of Nursing, CIHSR, Dimapur, Nagaland, India

Correspondence Address:
Ms. Alem Purnungla Aier
College of Nursing, CIHSR, 4th Mile, P.O. ARTC, Post Box - 31, Dimapur - 797 115, Nagaland
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCN.IJCN_6_19

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Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable deaths all over the world, more so in developing countries. The most common reasons cited for children using tobacco are peer pressure, parental tobacco habits and pocket money given to children. The present study highlights the knowledge and practice of school students regarding tobacco in some selected schools in one district in Nagaland. A sample of 325 participants was selected using total enumerative sampling technique. The study findings revealed that the overall knowledge of the students regarding tobacco was 62.25% and practice of tobacco use was 57.2%. The knowledge and practice was found to be statistically significant (P < 0.05). There was statistically significant association between practice and gender (P < 0.05) and type of schools with knowledge (P < 0.05). This study clearly indicates the need for primary prevention of tobacco intake/use as an important part of health education to schoolchildren to assist the students to understand the consequences of tobacco and thereby prevent the consumption of tobacco.

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