In 2017 as part of the ongoing tobacco cessation programme a research work was initiated. The objective of the study was to explore in depth how and why the tribal population of Wayanad use tobacco and to identify the socio-cultural contexts associated with it. Earlier studies done in the region showed that the prevalence of tobacco consumption was found to be high among both males and females in the tribal population. Majority of them consumed different forms of smokeless tobacco.
Early initiation of the habit was also seen. Given the high prevalence of smoking and smokeless form of tobacco use among people from the tribal areas, efforts to initiate anti-tobacco awareness programs specifically targeting the tribal populations must be strengthened. The information obtained in the present study is critical in paving the pathway towards a tobacco free generation in the indigenous population. In depth interviews and focus group discussions were held to elicit information. To establish rapport with the community the children were given oral health education and health related videos were also shown.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 14:15