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Survey: 35% tobacco-chewing cops have precancerous lesions – 22 de Enero de 2015 – India

Unusually long working hours and the resultant stress is the cause behind around 30 per cent of the police force consuming tobacco, a recent survey by the Cancer Patients Aids Association (CPAA) has revealed. Among them, 35 per cent had precancerous lesions.

Occupational stress the primary cause

A study of the tobacco chewing police population has revealed that occupational stress one of the main causes behind them taking up the habit. Their exposure to stress is said to be well beyond the range of normal human experiences.

"Police officers occupy an important position in the community both as law enforcers as well as role models for appropriate behavior. The present study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of tobacco use among police personnel. Sadly, we found a significant association between cause of consumption of tobacco and occurrence of cancer and precancerous lesions among the officers," said Anita Peters, executive director, CPAA.

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