A Descriptive Study to Assess the knowledge regarding the ill effects of smoking among adolescents in selected school, in Jalandhar, at Punjab
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Cigarette smoking in children and adolescents is reaching pandemic levels. The World Bank has reported that nearly 82, 000-99, 000 children and adolescents all over the world begin smoking every day. If current smoking trends continue, tobacco smoking will kill nearly 250 million of today's children. India is the second most populous country in the world. It is a secular country but the Hindus form the majority. Hinduism traditionally advocates abstinence from all intoxicants. Even then, India is the third largest producer and consumer of tobacco in the world. The country has a long history of tobacco use. It is not only merely a social and cultural problem but it is also multifaceted and encompasses biomedical, economic, and geopolitical. 15 Tobacco use in India is projected to have devastating consequences. The above stated facts and information indicates that the regular studies are conducted on the issue and to reveal about the present scenario of smoking and its knowledge in adolescents regarding ill effects the researcher wants to conduct study on this phenomenon. 1. To assess the knowledge regarding ill effects of smoking among the adolescents. 2. To find out the association of knowledge with socio-demographic variables.
A descriptive exploratory design and analysis and interpretation of data done by using descriptive statistics.
The sample for the present study are adolescents of N. C. Model school Jalandhar Cantt.sample of the study selected by using Non Probability purposive sampling technique Sample Size constitutes 100 adolescents in N.C. Model school area of Jalandhar Cantt. Tools for the study are Section A: Socio-demographic variable data, Section B: Self structured knowledge questionnaire. The study results that majority of the adolescents i.e. 72(72%) have average knowledge regarding ill effects of smoking, whereas 25(25%) of adolescents have poor knowledge and 3(3%) have good knowledge. The study concluded that The study shows that the majority of the adolescents i.e. 72(72%) have an average knowledge regarding ill effects of smoking, whereas 25(25%) of adolescents have poor knowledge and 3 (3%) have good knowledge. The average level of knowledge score is 9–16, poor level of knowledge is 0–8 and good level of knowledge is 17–25. Hence assumption of the study is accepted that the adolescents have knowledge regarding ill effects of smoking.
Cigarette Smoking, Children, Adolescents, Knowledge.