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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 17  |  Page : 89-92

Patterns of Tobacco Sale and Tobacco Consumption in Villages between Vikarabad and Tandur, Andhra Pradesh - A Cross Sectional Study

Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vilcarabad Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, India

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Objective: To study the patterns of tobacco sale and to assess the knowledge of tobacco vendors about the oral cancer. Study design: Observational, Cross sectional Setting: 5 villages in Rangareddy Dist, A.P, India Study population: All the tobacco vendors present in the villages present between Vikarabad and Tandur. Statistical analysis: Frequencies (SPSS package) Results: The response rate was 80.1%. Sale of bidi was highest with 40%, followed by cigarette (26.6%), gutk:ha(23.3%), pan and khaini (10.0%). According to the information obtained from the vendors 53.7% reported decreased sale in the recent years, 33% reported increased sale and 10% had reported no change in tobacco sale. Of all the tobacco vendors 73.3% had an idea about oral cancer. According to them both smoking and gutkha chewing (36.7%) was the major cause for oral cancer. Conclusion: In the present study 57.6% study subjects reported the decrease in sale in the recent years. Decreased sale is attributed to the increase in the prices, hence further increase in taxes may decrease the tobacco sale to some extent. According to most of the tobacco vendors both tobacco chewing and smoking is the main etiology for occurrence of oral cancer.

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