A STUDY TO ASSESS FACTORS WHICH LEADS TO SMOKING IN YOUNGER GENERATION AMONG THE STUDENTS OF FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD YEAR MBBS OF JAWAHARLAL NEHRU MEDICAL COLLEGE, DMIMS, SAWANGI(M), MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

Chitra Sachdeo, Ritika Nihal, Neelam Katre, Vishakha Suseanna John, Nishant Mahesh, Sahib Singh Dhir, Parankush Dandekar, Pooja Sahu, Aayush Saheta, Vibhash Ojha

Abstract


Background

Smoking cigarettes has been one of  the most common routine in every second person's life. The most addictive constituent of a cigarette is Nicotine. Nicotine has pervasive effects on brain neurochemistry. Cessation of smoking is always a self implicated decision. This project will give us a bird's eye view on "why do people smoke?"

Aim: To assess factors which leads to smoking in younger generation among the students of first, second and third year MBBS of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, DMIMS, Sawangi(M), Maharashtra, India Method: A Cross Sectional Study involving  200 students of first, second and third year MBBS of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, DMIMS, Sawangi(M), Wardha

Results: According to our study

  • 31% of the students were of 19 years of age and 22% were of 20 years of age.
  • 53% of the MBBS students were males and 47% of them were females.
  • 74.5% of the students opined that the age of starting cigarette smoking was 16-20 years and 19% suggested that it is 21-25 years.
  • 34.5% of the students opined that reason for starting smoking was stress or peer pressure.
  • 54.5% of the students opined that smoking as a predominant form of substance abuse because it is easily available.
  • 69.5% of the students opined that smoking is the stepping stone to other serious forms of substance abuse.
  •  45.5% of the students opined that smokers regret their decision of starting smoking.
  • 52.5% of the students said that smokers continue smoking throughout the life.

Keywords


MBBS students, stress, peer pressure, Cigarette smoking

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