Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences


Introduction: Tobacco use is one of the major public health concerns around the world, accounting for many deaths and disabilities. The use of tobacco is linked to many physical and mental ailments. A large population of adolescents are enrolled in colleges and universities in India, making them a vulnerable population for the use and abuse of tobacco. Objective: The objective of this study is to assess the level of anxiety and symptoms of depression among college-going students who consume tobacco. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional approach was selected for the study. The purposive sampling technique was used to select college students aged between 17 and 24 years, enrolled in any degree program at the selected college. General Anxiety Disorder-7 Questionnaire, Patient Health Questionnaire-9 Depression Scale, and a modified version of WHO-Global Youth Tobacco Survey Questionnaire were used to collect data. Results: The study findings show that tobacco use was highest among male students having a family member who uses tobacco. It was also found that the majority of the current tobacco users 43 (40.2%) had symptoms of a mild level of anxiety and 36 (33.6%) had minimal symptoms of depression. Conclusion: The students who are current or past tobacco users have some level of anxiety and depression. Interventions that are tailored to sensitize students about the effects of tobacco might help in reducing tobacco consumption.



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