Occupational Health Status of Tobacco Processing Workers in Nippani Taluk, Belgaum District of Karnataka. An Anthropological Study

The purpose of this study is to assess the health status of tobacco processing workers in Nippani Taluk, Belgaum District of Karnataka. Nippani city was purposefully chosen for the study because tobacco processing is one of the main jobs in the city, and Nippani is well known for its high-quality tobacco production. To collect the samples, a simple random sampling method was used. Interview schedules were used to conduct interviews with tobacco processing workers. A total of 825 workers were interviewed for the current research. The study reveals that the tobacco processing workers are economically deprived and less educated. The analysis of the data reveals that tobacco processing workers suffer from many health problems. Cough, Breathlessness, Headache, Burning Vision, Lower back pain, Weakness of hand, Acidity/Epigastric pain, and Abdomen pain, Nausea/Vomiting, Skin Diseases, Palpitation, and Dental Problem are common health problems among tobacco processing workers. They experienced these health problems as a result of their prolonged exposure to tobacco dust during their working hours. Workers neglect to use precautionary measures, and it is suggested that proper education about the importance of precautionary measures be provided to tobacco processing workers in order to avoid health problems caused by tobacco processing.