To assess the impact of tobacco control interventions on smoking, and tobacco cessation
Pradep Madhukar Zoting, Dr. Babanrao B Taywade
Introduction. This descriptive study examined the benefits of a community-based, smoking cessation treatment program for employees of Mahindra Plant Nagpur.
Methods: A total of 159 employees (84 cell workers and 75 executives) participated in the program. Sessions were based on personal counseling, motivational lectures, Focus group discussions (FGD) and Community Group activities.
Results: Consumption of tobacco amongst cell members and officers was reduced appreciable. It was observed and stated by the employees that around 44 % of employees in both groups reduced their frequency of smoking and tobacco consumption by 50%. However around 14 % and 18% of employees amongst cell workers and executives respectively reported that they were consuming more than 50% but less than 100%. Similarly around 12% of employees in cell members and 17% in executives have successfully quit the tobacco.
Conclusions: Results suggests the benefits of offering smokers a well-structured smoking cessation treatments and assistance at workplace.