Awareness about pictorial warnings on tobacco products and its impact on tobacco consumers in coastal Karnataka

https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2022.v34i03.011

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2022-09-30

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https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2022.v34i03.011

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Tobacco Product, Cigarette, Awareness, Bidi, Gutka

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Background: Tobacco use is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases, including cancer. India revised the pictorial warnings on all tobacco products in 2018, but its impact on tobacco consumers after the revision is less studied. Aim and Objective: To assess the awareness of the revised pictorial warnings on tobacco products and the impact of it on tobacco consumers in a coastal town. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted from 1st to 31st March 2021 among 185 adult tobacco consumers in a coastal town in Karnataka after obtaining ethical clearance and informed consent. The data was analysed using SPSS version 16.0 by descriptive statistics, Chi-square, Fisher’s exact test and binary logistic regression analysis. Results: Majority (95.7%) were males and 96.2% had seen the pictorial warning on the tobacco products. The commonly consumed tobacco products were panmasala (44.9%), gutka (38.9%), cigarette (31.4%) and bidi (15.1%). The mean age of initiation of consuming tobacco products was 24.8 years and mean duration of the habit was 17 years. Conclusions: A majority (96.2%) have seen the pictorial warnings on the tobacco products and significant predictors for reducing tobacco consumption were those who inferred the pictorial warnings as tobacco is injurious to health and cancerous.

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Havale NG, Naik PM, Kalappa H, Undi M, Naik M, Shreedhar S. Awareness about pictorial warnings on tobacco products and its impact on tobacco consumers in coastal Karnataka: https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2022.v34i03.011. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2022 Sep. 30 [cited 2022 Sep. 30];34(3):381-7. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2370

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