The aim of this study was to:
1) Analyze the effects of antismoking counselling on smokers.
2) To assess the external factors influencing tobacco consumption patterns.
3) To know the current knowledge about tobacco side effects in the community.
Methods: It is a Descriptive study. The study was carried out from July 2015 to July 2016. Tobacco cessation centre, civil campus, Ahmedabad, Gujarat state, India. Out of 124 attendees registered, About 109 attendees was followed up by telephone interview/whatsapp medium for three weeks, six months, and one year after undergoing counselling. Data entry was done in Microsoft excel 2007 and proportion, chi-square test done for analysis.
Results: The final analysis shows that 46.8% supply of tobacco products was done by friends,51.38% of our attendees were involved in smokeless tobacco consumption, 34% of people continue tobacco use to relieve stress, male and female both show gradual tapering of tobacco after counselling, though females were lacking in awareness about counseling sessions.
Conclusion: It is an effective preventive strategy to help people quit tobacco consumption. Various myths/trends about tobacco are known and can be effectively dealt with. Awareness is needed to encourage people in attending the counseling sessions. Implications of the study- Interventions are needed in adolescent age as habits are adapted during this age. At primary level care, cessation centre’s should be available in the community and strict legalization should be put in work to reduce selling of tobacco products.