20Jan 2017


  • Assistant Professor of Pathology, Jahurul Islam Medical College, Kishoregonj, Bangladesh. Registrar, National Institute of ENT, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Medical Officer, Jahurul Islam Medical College Hospital, Kishoregonj, Bangladesh. Assistant Professor of Pathology, Abdul Malek Ukil Medical College, Noakhali, Bangladesh.
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Background: Tuberculosis is among the major causes of illness and death worldwide especially in Asia. Smoking is associated with recurrent tuberculosis and its related mortality. Also, it could affect clinical manifestations, bacteriological conversion and outcome of treatment. This study aimed to evaluate the pattern of tobacco smoking, history of previous quit attempts and attitude towards quitting in tuberculosis patients. Materials and Methods: It was a cross-sectional study done amongst tuberculosis patients coming to DOTS corner of Jahurul Islam Medical College Hospital. 630 patients were included in the study over the period of two years. Data was collected according to the standard questionnaires of smoking pattern. Results: Sixty one percent (61%) patients (n=384) were smoker before the diagnosis of tuberculosis. 50.8% were current smokers at the time of interview and were continuing smoking after the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Only 10.2% discontinued smoking after diagnosis. 68.2% smokes smokes less than 10 cigarettes per day. 53.1% was between 31-50 age group. 21-30 is the commonest age group (62%) to start smoking. To reduce stress was the most common cause to continue smoking (48.9%). 71.9% smokers showed keen interest to stop smoking. Conclusion: Considering the prevalence of smoking in tuberculosis patients, evaluation of tobacco smoking status in these group of patients and motivating them to quit smoking could be considered as important steps in their treatment process.

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[Abu Khalid Muhammad Maruf Raza, Muhammad Rafiqul Islam, Mahfujun Nahar and Zaman Ahmed. (2017); SMOKING PATTERN IN A GROUP OF TUBERCULOSIS PATIENTS, EXPERIENCE OF A MEDICAL COLLEGE HOSPITAL OF BANGLADESH. Int. J. of Adv. Res. 5 (1). 144-148] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com

Dr. A K M Maruf Raza
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Jahurul Islam Medical College, Bajitpur, Kishoregonj, Bangladesh.


Article DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/2731       DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.21474/IJAR01/2731

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