Background: Tobacco is a major public health problem all over the world with 82% of the worlds 1.1 billion smokers residing in low and middle income countries. The government of India has taken several measures, including legislation to control tobacco intake. Numerous surveys conducted worldwide and in India show a greater prevalence of smoking tobacco use among the less educated, illiterate and rural population.
Objective: Objective of this study was to assess the prevalence and factors influencing smoking tobacco use among rural Community of Dehradun.
Methods: Present study was conducted in the rural field practice area of Department of Community Medicine, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun. The households were selected by systematic random sampling and all the smoking tobacco users in the surveyed house were personally interviewed by using a pre-structured and pretested schedule.
Results: Overall 663 current smoking tobacco users (Males-28.4%, Female-7.6%) were interviewed. Prevalence of smoking tobacco increased with advancing age and the difference was statistically significant (ï£2=18.938; p
Tobacco use, Smoking, Prevalence, Initiation