ISSN : 0975-9492


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Title : Knowledge and attitude towards the health effects of tobacco and measures of tobacco control
Authors : Shrestha Mohan, Chidi Buddhi Bal
Keywords : Tobacco, Tobacco Control, Nepal
Issue Date : October 2014
Abstract :
Background: Tobacco is a major public health threat the world has ever faced. It is a risk factor for six of the eight leading causes of death in the world. Without the effective implementation of tobacco regulation policy, the risk itself cannot be minimized. The aim of this study is to provide the adolescents knowledge of the health effects of active and passive smoking, and knowledge and attitudes towards tobacco control measures.
Materials and Methods: A descriptive type of study was conducted in December 2013 in one of the government school of Palpa district, one of the rural areas of the Western region. Data entry and analysis was done using SPSS 17 version. Microsoft Excel 2007 is also used for the data processing.
Results: There is substantial support for the government taking measure towards tobacco control (96%). Furthermore, strong supports are there regarding ban of smoking in public places and public transport (95%) followed by increasing price of tobacco products (87%), banning sales of tobacco to and by minors (82%) and ban of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (73%).
Conclusion: The study focuses the effective implementation of the Tobacco Control and Regulation Act 2011, Nepal and health education should be provided to the adolescents with the facts and skills that will enable them to protect themselves from the harmful effects of tobacco related exposure.
Page(s) : 728-732
ISSN : 0975-9492
Source : Vol. 5, No.10