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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 31, No. 1, 2013, pp. 130-132
Bioline Code: hn13015
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2013, pp. 130-132

 en Role of Family Milieu in Tobacco Addiction: A Study in a Tertiary-care Institution in India
Dwivedi, Shridhar; Aggarwal, Amitesh; Singh, Nishant; Aggarwal, Sourabh & Sharma, Vishal


Use of tobacco is singularly responsible for most cases of cancer and coronary artery disease (CAD). Efforts to stop tobacco-use need to be guided by social circumstances. It is believed that family milieu may play a role in tobacco addiction. We studied the prevalence and pattern of tobacco-use in families of 50 consecutive tobacco-user patients who presented to a tobacco-cessation clinic and compared with age- and gendermatched controls (non-users of tobacco). The tobacco-use rates were significantly higher in the family of patients with tobacco-use compared to the control group. We conclude that problems of tobacco-use are not related to individual phenomenon, and efforts for control of tobacco addiction must be focused on entire family.

Addiction; Family; Non-communicable disease; Public health; Tobacco; India

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