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An Epidemiological Study of Smoking Among Adult Males in a Rural Area of Hooghly District, West Bengal, India

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 February 2012

Indranil Saha*
Department of Community Medicine, R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India.
Bobby Paul
Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, India.
Tushar Kanti Dey
Department of Epidemiology, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata, India.
*Address for correspondence: Indranil Saha, P-19 Jadavpur University Employees' Housing Co-operative Society Ltd., P.O.-Panchasayar, Kolkata 700 094, West Bengal. PIN: 700 094.


A community-based cross-sectional study was undertaken in a rural community of West Bengal, India among 329 adult males, during April to June, 2004 to find out the prevalence, characteristics of smoking and attitude of smokers towards quitting. 29.8% (98), 61.7% (203) and 8.5% (28) were found to be current, never and former smokers respectively. Among current smokers, 79.4% had started smoking before the age of 24 years. 23% of smokers cited the reason for smoking was to concentrate at work and to relieve anger and frustration. 53.8% wanted to quit smoking but lack of willpower (28.2%) became the major hindrance to quitting. 58.9% were uncertain about continuing smoking. Smoking is commonly practised in rural area of West Bengal, starting at quite an early age; hence awareness and health education needs to be stressed, so that prevention can be initiated.

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