Jayanth Kumar Vadivel
Smoking has become the leading cause of preventable morbidity worldwide. India has become home to 12 % of the world’s smokers. Tobacco smoking invariably affects each and every part of the body. Smoking even 1 - 4 cigarettes per day can significantly higher the risk of dying from Ischaemic heart disease. Smoking causes ninety percent of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80 % of all lung cancer deaths in women,The Tobacco smoke is known to contain around seven thousand different chemicals. Many of these chemicals are poisonous and over sixty of them are known to be carcinogenic. But once one stops smoking, Lung cancer death risk becomes half of that of a smoker in 10 years, Heart attack risk drops to the same level as that of a non-smoker in 15 years. It all starts with a will to stop. Therefore a strong determination and willingness to quit smoking helps oneself to come out of this most addictive habit.
The current study aims at assessing the willingness to quit smoking among smokers who live in the locality of chennai and in the provision of a detailed statistical report on the same.
MATERIALS AND METHODOLOGY
A Survey had been conducted among 100 smokers residing in the locality of Chennai. A survey questionnaire had been created and distributed among the survey participants. The survey questionnaire had been filled by the participants themselves in written form. The data were collected and tabulated in the Excel sheet. The data were then sorted and re-entered in SPSS IBM software for descriptive analysis. All the results are interpreted in the form of pictorial graphs and pie charts.
Our results show that the majority of the study population i.e. 54.72 % of them were willing to quit smoking while 45.28 % did not want to quit smoking. When they were asked about their sustenance from smoking after quitting, 52.83 % i.e. majority of the population were very confident about their quitting, 26.42 % were somewhat confident and 20.75 % were not at all confident.
From our results we can conclude that Majority of the study population are willing to quit smoking and Majority of them are very confident about their sustenance from withdrawal smoking after quitting. Our study has also found a significant association between the education and ill effects of smoking; and also between Encouragement from family members and willingness to attend tobacco cessation programs. Further, Tobacco cessation programs and Nicotine cessation aids are known to help people quit smoking