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Prevalence of Smokeless Tobacco Use in India and Its Association With Occupations: A LASI Study

Version 1 : Received: 24 August 2021 / Approved: 30 August 2021 / Online: 30 August 2021 (11:49:45 CEST)

How to cite: Bharati, B.; Sahu, K.S.; Pati, S. Prevalence of Smokeless Tobacco Use in India and Its Association With Occupations: A LASI Study. Preprints 2021, 2021080540 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0540.v1). Bharati, B.; Sahu, K.S.; Pati, S. Prevalence of Smokeless Tobacco Use in India and Its Association With Occupations: A LASI Study. Preprints 2021, 2021080540 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0540.v1).

Abstract

More than two-thirds of death in developing countries are due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and tobacco is a leading risk factor. Among different socio-demographic factors, occupation and its corelates have impact on use of smokeless tobacco (SLT) and the evidence in India is limited. The objectives of this study are to find out the overall preva-lence of SLT use and its pattern of association with various occupation and associated variables. Methods: This study used data from Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI) wave 1. Current and ever users of SLT are taken into consideration as target population. For the data analysis, survey-weighted tools have been applied for descriptive statistics and multivariable logistic re-gression model. The weighted data analysis has been done using R. Results and Discussion: From the sample size of 65561, 38% have ever used either smoking or SLT, of them, 40 % use to-bacco in smoke form, 51 % use SLT and 9 % take both. At the population level, 22.8% and 20.4% are ever and current users of SLT respectively. Type, place, and workload in the occupation found to be significantly associated with SLT use. Workplace tobacco-cessation-policy for infor-mal-workers is required to manage this issue.

Keywords

Smokeless tobacco; India; Ageing; Occupation; Tobacco consumption

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