Social variations in tobacco products consumption in Kenya: The influence of education, employment status and gender
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Health Sciences, University of Pecs, Pecs, Hungary
Publication date: 2019-10-12
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2019;17(Suppl 1):A46
The consumption of tobacco products in resource limited settings is envisaged to greatly contribute to all times high global burden of disease especially in low- and middle-income earning economies. over 78% of the world users of tobacco products currently live in resource limited settings and this coupled with myriad of health challenges in these countries, the continued consumption of these products is a subject that cannot be ignored. To determine various social variations in consumption of tobacco products and how gender, employment status and education level influences its consumption.

A cross-sectional study design with simple random sampling was used. An interviewer-administered questionnaire was used. Quantitative data was analyzed using SPSS. Chi- Square and Odds Ratio were used to test for significance of association.

Overall tobacco products use according to education level showed a sturdy gradient; risks were higher among respondents with no education (male OR=7.42, female OR=20.11) than among those in tertiary level of education. The odds of tobacco products use were equally significant according to employment status; casual male workers (OR=1.58), male semi-skilled workers (OR=1.49), and unemployed (male OR=1.31 female OR=1.81) were more at risk than skilled workers.

The outcome of this research reveals that education and employment status have critical and independent relationships with tobacco products consumption that necessitate consideration from legislators and investigators.