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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 125-129

Predictors and prevalence of nicotine use in females: A village-based community study


1 Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.90344

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Background: Nicotine use and abuse is gaining increasing attention due to its negative and serious medical consequences. Multiple morbidities occur due to the intake of nicotine in various forms. Aims: To find the prevalence and type of nicotine use/abuse in females. Settings and Design: House to house survey in a village in Purvanchal, i.e. eastern part of Uttar Pradesh and bordering Bihar. Materials and Methods: Semi-structured performa was used to collect data; a house to house visit was made to collect data. Statistical Analysis: Simple percentages were calculated. Results: Tooth powder form of nicotine use is common and the need to address this problem is urgent. Conclusions: Widespread dissemination of knowledge and legislative measures have to be undertaken to stop the problem.


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