Determinants of Tobacco Use among Immigrant Workers Around a University in South India – A Qualitative Approach


  • Roy Arora Swati Department of Central Research Services, Bhaikaka University, Karamsad, Gujarat, India.
  • Kallol Roy Department of Extension Programmes, Amrita Patel Centre for Public Health, Bhaikaka University, Karamsad, Gujarat, India.



Determinants, Female workers, Migrant laborers, Qualitative study, Smokeless tobacco, Tobacco use


Background: According to the global adult tobacco survey – prevalence of smokeless tobacco (SLT) use in India is highest in the world and 60% of tobacco users in India currently use SLT products. The prevalence of SLT use among women in Karnataka is 14.7%, among immigrant women daily wage workers is 87.2%. There is paucity of information about tobacco consumption among females, especially which calls for an urgent need to address the issue. Aim: The aim of this study was to examine underlying factors which initiated SLT use and their knowledge levels about its ill effects among immigrant daily wage workers in a University setting of South India. Settings and Design: This was a qualitative study conducted at office sites (n = 6) within University Premises of Manipal, Karnataka. Materials and Methods: The focus group and interview guides were semi-structure in nature and developed in the context of a guide to a conversation/discussion. It covered all research questions that could be answered by this qualitative approach. Statistical Analysis: Thematic analysis was used to report and interpret the findings. Results and Conclusion: A total of six focus group discussion’s (n = 55 participants) and 20 in-depth interview’s (n = 20 participants) were conducted. Themes emerged – “Factors for uptake of SLT use,” “Poor knowledge on adverse effects of SLT use,” “Easy Availability and Accessibility,” and “Thoughts and Suggestions on quitting.” Reappraising social determinants in access to tobacco prevention and cessation support services to migrant construction workers may be a promising strategy to reduce health harms of SLT use.


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Roy Arora Swati, & Kallol Roy. (2023). Determinants of Tobacco Use among Immigrant Workers Around a University in South India – A Qualitative Approach. Asian Pacific Journal of Health Sciences, 10(1), 32–35.