Awareness of Ill-Effects to Tobacco in General Population
*Corresponding author: Dr. Karpagavalli S, Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, India, Mobile: +91-9791140522 E-mail: email@example.com
Tobacco-related illnesses are on the rise due to increase in the number of people using tobacco products in smoking and smokeless forms. Tobacco acts as an etiological factor for various diseases affecting oral and general health. The aim of this study is to assess the level of awareness of the ill-effects of tobacco use in general population.
Materials and Method
The assessment of knowledge and awareness of the effects of tobacco use-smoking and smokeless is done by evaluating the answers to 20-point questionnaire. The questionnaire was designed to enquire the extent of awareness of the respondents regarding the risks and hazards to tobacco use on oral and general health. The participants of the study were asked to fill the questionnaire either electronically or in the form of hand-outs. The results of the study were compiled and expressed in frequencies and percentages.
83% of the study population were aware of the ill-effects of tobacco use. Majority of the participants were aware that smoking causes lung cancer. 88% of the study population were aware of the risks of passive smoking. About 16% were unaware of the complications of passive smoking. 78% of respondents were aware that tobacco chewing can cause oral cancer.
Increased awareness of ill-effects of tobacco can lead to decrease in the number of people using tobacco and related products. Raising mass awareness movements against tobacco, tobacco control and cessation measures can be undertaken to develop tobacco-free future generations.
Tobacco, Smoking, Oral cancer, Awareness, Passive smoking.