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Pattern of Tobacco Intake Among 16+ Years Inhabitants of a Village in Chittagong of Bangladesh
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Sayeed Mahmud, Department of Community Medicine, Chittagong Medical College, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Abu Zafar Mahmudul Haq, Department of Business Administration, City University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
This was a descriptive type of cross sectional study with a sample size of 298 selected by purposive sampling technique. Data collections were performed on 21st November, 2014, by direct interview with the help of piloted questionnaires containing closed and open questions. The overall aim of this survey was to find out the pattern of tobacco intake among 16+ years and explore the hazards of tobacco intake among the respondents of this study. Out of total respondents, 35.91% respondents were in the group of 31-45 years. Out of them 63.42% were male & 36.58% were female. 48.32% of the respondents were illiterate, 33.89% were primary or equivalent level educated while graduate and above were only 3.69%. It was found that 30.87% of the respondents were farmers and 34.56% were housewives. Most of the respondents (75.17%) belonged to middle class and only 2.35% were of upper class, 47.32% had nuclear type family, 39.26% and 13.42% had joint and extended type of family. It was found that 36.96% of respondents took smokeless tobacco while 47.10% took smoke producing tobacco. It was revealed that 33.33% of the respondents took 5-10 sticks per day and 29.38% took 11-25 sticks per day. Out of total respondents, majority 74.64% of the tobacco users were influenced by others. It was explored that 72.10% of the tobacco users were suffering from disease and 27.90% were in good health. Among the sufferers, most of them (34.67%) had been suffering from cough and cold, 17.59% were suffering from COPD. Among the tobacco users, 52.17% wanted to quit tobacco while 47.83% had no intention to quit it. Though among the respondents of Ayir Mangal village Anowara had idea about harmful effect of tobacco consumption but they were unable to quit it due to addiction habit and lack of mental strength. Related organizations and authority should come forward to halt the intake of these harmful substances.
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