Prevalence of Tobacco Use Among Adolescents in India


The present study was conducted to assess the prevalence of tobacco use among adolescents and also thereasons for the initiation of tobacco use amongst them. It was conducted in ten randomly selected schools inKannur district of Kerala state, India. A total of 3,000 school children participated. The study observed anoverall prevalence of 5.5% for users. The prevalence observed among boys was 12% and none of the girls weretobacco users. Associations between father’s and friend’s tobacco habits were observed.