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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 72-74

Prevalence and distribution of tobacco intake in various Districts of Jammu and Kashmir

Department of Periodontics and Implantology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Malvika Singh
Department of Periodontics and Implantology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpcdoh.jpcdoh_23_21

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Background: India is one of the top three tobacco burden countries in the world. Tobacco intake causes loss of health and environment and increases the financial burden of an individual. Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and distribution of tobacco intake among individuals of more than 15 years of age in union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Subjects and Methods: District-wise data from the National Health Survey-5, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 2019–2020, were collected, analyzed, and measured. Data collected were entered and statistically analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 24.0 software (IBM, Armonk, NY, USA). Various districts were diagrammatically color coded and described. Results: Out of all the 20 districts in J and K, the prevalence of tobacco smoking was highest in Kupwara district (56.6%) and lowest in Jammu district (26.6%). Conclusions: People should be made more aware about the ill effects of tobacco usage. Although the Government of India enacted various legislations to control tobacco use, its reduction lies in our hands and the same should be discussed with general masses by making them aware about the menace of tobacco on mental, environmental, and health of an individual.

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