Tobacco is one of the most common forms of addiction. GATS 2 Global Adult Tobacco Survey FACT SHEET (INDIA) 2016-17 reported that 19.0% of men, 2.0% of women and 10.7% (99.5 million) of all adults currently smoke tobacco whereas 29.6% of men, 12.8% of women and 21.4% (199.4 million) of all adults currently use smokeless tobacco. Currently, India is the second largest producer of tobacco in the world with the highest consumption levels.
Objectives: To estimate the knowledge and attitude regarding tobacco consumption among adolescents in selected schools of Guwahati; To determine the association between knowledge and selected demographic variables; To determine the association between the attitude and selected demographic variables; To correlate between knowledge and attitude regarding tobacco consumption; To develop information booklet regarding tobacco consumption.
Material and Method: The study adopted a descriptive research design, 304 samples were recruited using consecutive, non-probability sampling technique. Socio demographic performa, structured knowledge questionnaire, five point Likert scale were used to collect the data. Descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and Karl Pearson’s Correlation coefficient were used to analyze the data.
Result: The finding of the study revealed that 54.60% of participants belong to 14-15year, 54.90% were male, 78.3% was from nuclear family, 45.3% father’s educational status was graduate and above, 28.3% family monthly income is between 10,001-20,000, 66.1% family members does not take any tobacco product, 7.9% consumed sikhar, 61.8% source of information was mass media. 77.3% have moderate knowledge regarding tobacco consumption. 53.6% have unfavorable attitude regarding tobacco consumption. There was significant association between knowledge and demographic variables like Age, Types of family, Father’s educational status, Monthly Income and Source of information at 0.05 level of significant. There is no significant association between attitude and demographic variables. There is co- relation between knowledge and attitude regarding tobacco consumption among adolescent, (r-value= 0.259, p-value=0.000) at 0.05 level of significant.
Conclusion: The study concluded that, with increase in knowledge, favorable attitude towards tobacco will be decrease or higher the knowledge level higher the unfavorable attitude regarding tobacco consumption.