Assess the knowledge on nicotine replacement therapy among smokers
Meena P and Preethi R
Background: Tobacco consumption was significantly higher in poor, less educated, scheduled castes and scheduled tribe populations. The prevalence of tobacco consumption increased up to the age of 50 years and then levelled or declined. The prevalence of smoking and chewing also varied widely between different states and had a strong association with individual’s sociocultural characteristics.
To assess the existing level of Knowledge of Nicotine Replacement Therapy to quit smoking among smokers.
To find the association between the Knowledge of Nicotine Replacement Therapy with the socio demographic variable.
Methodology: A Quasi-experimental research design with a purposive sampling technique was adopted to conduct a study among smokers of age 25 to 50 years. Data was gathered by using a structured questionnaire. Confidentiality was maintained throughout the procedure. Collected data were analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Result: The analysis revealed that most of the smoker 34(68%) had moderate knowledge and 16(32%) had adequate knowledge of E-cigarettes and Nicotine Replacement Therapy among smokers. The mean score of knowledge of E-cigarettes and Nicotine Replacement Therapy scores among workers was 9.48 with standard deviation 2.35 with minimum score of 5.0 and maximum score of 15.0.
Conclusion: The finding revealed that the demographic variables age and education had shown statistically significant association with level of knowledge of E-Cigarettes and Nicotine Replacement Therapy among smokers at p<0.05 level and the other demographic variables had not shown statistically significant association with level of knowledge of E-Cigarettes and Nicotine Replacement Therapy among smokers.