Year : 2019  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 89--93

A study on the prevalence and correlates of nicotine dependence among adolescents of Burdwan Town, West Bengal


Kamirul Islam, Asok Kumar Datta, Soutrik Seth, Atanu Roy, Rajib Das 
 Department of Pediatrics, Burdwan Medical College, Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kamirul Islam
Khagragore, PO Rajbati, Burdwan - 713 104, West Bengal
India

Context: Tobacco will cause one billion deaths in the 21st century. The use of tobacco causes dependence both psychological and physical. Aims: To find out the level of nicotine dependence and it correlates among adolescents. Settings and Design: A community-based, cross-sectional, observational study was conducted in the Burdwan town, West Bengal, among 1354 adolescent tobacco users. Materials and Methods: Data were collected by direct interview using a pretested, predesigned, semistructured schedule containing the Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND) questionnaire. Statistical Analysis: Pearson's Chi-square test, Student's unpaired t-test, one-way analysis of variance, Pearson's product-moment correlation coefficient, and multivariable linear regression were used. All the statistical analyses were performed using SPSS version 19.0. Results: The mean FTND score was significantly higher among adolescents aged >15 years, males, Hindu, tobacco users from joint family, who belonged to lower socioeconomic status, who started using tobacco at the age of 10–12 years, using tobacco for ≥5 years, who were not married, were illiterate, working, and not aware of the injurious effect of tobacco to health. Conclusions: A suitable individualized approach should be used for those who want to quit tobacco depending on their FTND score.


How to cite this article:
Islam K, Datta AK, Seth S, Roy A, Das R. A study on the prevalence and correlates of nicotine dependence among adolescents of Burdwan Town, West Bengal.Indian J Psychiatry 2019;61:89-93


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Islam K, Datta AK, Seth S, Roy A, Das R. A study on the prevalence and correlates of nicotine dependence among adolescents of Burdwan Town, West Bengal. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 3 ];61:89-93
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