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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 104-106

Knowledge attitude and practice of school personnel on COTPA

1 Postgraduate Student, Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dental Science, Dharmsinh Desai University, Nadiad, Gujarat, India
2 Post-Graduate Student in Health Care Administration and Services Management at Conestoga College, (First Sem -Jan intake) Brantford campus, Ontario, Canada

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Dr. Dhwani Desai
Faculty of Dental Science, Dharmsinh Desai University, Nadiad, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpcdr.ijpcdr_50_20

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Background: The “Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply, and Distribution) Act (COTPA)” has been formulated to control the Tobacco epidemic in India. School personnel serve as role models for students and have daily interaction with students, while college students may be under the influence of adolescent behavior and cigarettes is easier to procure. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study carried out on a convenience sample of 100 school personnel aged 18–60 years, participated in the study. Five schools were undertaken in this study on the basis of convenience sampling. All the school personnel preseent on the day of conduction of survey were included in the study. Results: The awareness of school personnel in relation to COTPA ranges between 21% and 79% whereas least awareness (80%) was seen in relation to loose cigarettes not to be sold. Conclusion: The present study indicates that participants have lesser and inappropriate knowledge and attitude toward COTPA and majority of not taken any step to implement COTPA in their work place

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