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Gudadinni M.R.,ri til Medical College Hospital and Research Center | Nuchhi U.C.,ri til Medical College Hospital and Research Center | Patil P.M.,ri til Medical College Hospital and Research Center | Aithal M.,ri til Medical College Hospital and Research Center | Sorganvi V.M.,ri til Medical College Hospital and Research Center
Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology | Year: 2014

Objectives: Is use of tobacco a major health problem among medical students? To find out the factors associated with the use of tobacco. Materials and Method: A cross sectional study was done on 260 under graduate male medical students Using pre designed pretested questionnaire to study about the problem and various correlates of the tobacco use, Data was analyzed through chai-square test and Fisher's exact test. Results: Among the tobacco users (31.53%),smoking was find in 24% and 2.6% tobacco chewing in the form of gutkha, khaini thota dried tobacco leaves 6.5%.Hostellers were found to be more frequent tobacco users as compared to day-scholars. There was a significant relationship between the presence of a smoker in the family and picking up the habit in the present study. Conclusions: Tobacco use is significant problem among the male medical students and we need to take step to stop its use by them so as to prevent them from being exposed to its harmful effects. © 2014, Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. All rights reserved. Source

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