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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 210-214

Tobacco use behavior among construction site workers of Delhi, India

1 Department of Community Medicine, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Medicine and Preventive Cardiology, National Heart Institute, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Faridabad, Haryana, India
4 Department of Cardiology, Max Smart Hospital, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Mitasha Singh
Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Faridabad, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijhas.IJHAS_65_17

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BACKGROUND: Despite various initiatives, menace of tobacco problem still remains a cause of concern globally. Job of construction site workers is primarily monotonous which predisposes to tobacco habit. OBJECTIVE: Assessing behavior regarding tobacco consumption among construction site workers of Delhi. METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional study was carried out among all construction site workers of Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research and associated HAH centenary hospital, New Delhi. Study included 172 workers for a period of 6 months. RESULTS: Majority (91%) were tobacco users, and out of these, 49% were using smokeless tobacco, 29% were consuming bidi/cigarette, and 22% were consuming both. Tobacco as cause of cancer was named by 55.8%, while other diseases named were cough (39.5%), tuberculosis (17.4%), and other diseases (25.6%). Warning labels lead to the thought of quitting tobacco in 62.8%. Most common place (97.4%) for tobacco consumption was workplace. CONCLUSION: Hence the views of workers are of great importance before implementing any anti-tobacco measures at workplace.

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