International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
Vol. 2, Issue 2, Part A (2019)

Awareness of second hand tobacco smoke among high school students studying in the rural field practice area of raja rajeswari medical college and hospital, Bengaluru

Author(s): Usha S and Monica Krishnappa
Abstract:
Background: More than 600, 000 non-smokers die each year from breathing second-hand smoke (SHS). The exposure to SHS has been associated with poor health outcomes such as cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and a range of cancers. Children exposed to SHS are also at risk of middle ear disease and lower respiratory illnesses. Though a number of studies have been done assessing the awareness and practices of smokers on smoking, not many studies have focused on the non-smoking population, especially children. In this study, we have assessed the perceptions and practices of children on their exposure to secondary smoking.
Materials and Methods: A Descriptive study was conducted among all the high school students. Data was collected using a semi-structured, self-administered questionnaire by the students present on the day of data collection. Health education was given to these students regarding passive smoking after the data collection.
Results: Of the 185 students who participated in the study 62% were males and 38% were females and a total of 93% belonged to rural area. It was found that 63% were aware that smoking was injurious to health and 79% were aware that SHS is also harmful, but only 32% were aware of legislation (COTPA act) by the government being present for a smoke-free environment.
Pages: 49-51  |  186 Views  84 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Usha S and Monica Krishnappa. Awareness of second hand tobacco smoke among high school students studying in the rural field practice area of raja rajeswari medical college and hospital, Bengaluru. International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine. 2019; 2(2): 49-51. DOI: 10.33545/comed.2019.v2.i2a.09