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Smokeless tobacco use among online app-based cab drivers in Pune city and recommended measures for tobacco cessation from the literature

 Department of Research, Dr. D Y Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Pradnya V Kakodkar,
Dr. D Y Patil Vidyapeeth, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_25_20

Objective: The objective of this study is to assess the smokeless tobacco (SLT) use among online-app based cab drivers in Pune city and recommended measures for tobacco cessation from the literature. Materials and Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional survey was conducted during February 2019 to October 2019 among the morning shift cab drivers in Pune city. A total of 360 drivers using SLT were recruited for the study. A standard checklist was used to collect the information such as the time of use of SLT, reasons for the use of SLT, and reason for the cessation of the habit. Approval was obtained from the Scientific and Institutional Ethics committee before starting. Results: Majority 62.8% (n = 226) of the drivers used SLT while driving, followed by 14.4% (n = 52) who preferred it only before driving and 8.9% (n = 32) used anytime during the day. Among the major reasons for the use of SLT, 80.3% (n = 289) reported it helps to improve concentration, whereas 67.5% (n = 243) used it under peer pressure. Participants (n = 90) declared that they have attempted to quit the habit and the main reason for quitting of the habit was burning sensation in the mouth among 64.4% (n = 58) followed 26.7% (n = 24) by self-motivation. Conclusion: This study serves as an evidence to plan and execute the cessation programs for the driver cohort by its company. It is proposed that the successful tobacco cessation measures from the literature can be implemented and evaluated for its effectiveness in the future studies.

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