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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 46-49

Assessment of tobacco dependence among dairy workers, Salem, Tamil Nadu

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Vinayaka Mission's Sankarachariyar Dental College, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Santhakumari Somasundaram
B-26, Tamil Sangam Road, Rajaram Nagar, Salem - 636 007, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiadsr.jiadsr_13_17

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Aims: This study aims to assess the tobacco dependence level among dairy workers in Salem city, Tamil Nadu, using Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence. Settings and Design: Dairy plant, Salem; cross-sectional study. Subjects and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 750 dairy workers to assess their nicotine dependence using Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine dependence. Statistical Analysis Used: Chi-square test and Fisher's exact test. Results: The prevalence of tobacco usage among dairy workers was 14%. Among the participants, a high level of nicotine dependence in smoking and smokeless form was found to be 36% and 73.6%, respectively. Age-wise distribution showed tobacco usage of smoking and smokeless form was 52.8% and 54% among 46–55 years of age (P > 0.309) was not statistically significant. Conclusions: The findings of the present study revealed that tobacco usage among dairy workers need greater motivation and quitting programs to create awareness about the ill effects of tobacco usage.

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