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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1562-1566

Prevalence of smoking among dental students and gauging their knowledge about tobacco cessation methods: An original study

1 Department of Oral Pathology, Malabar Dental College and Research Centre, Edappal, Kerala, India
2 Ookken's Dental Speciality Clinic, Parur Junction, Aluva, Kerala, India

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Dr. Jubin Thomas
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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_167_19

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Aims: The aims of this study are to determine the prevalence and type of tobacco use among dental students and to identify the factors that influence them to initiate tobacco use. Subjects and Methods: Dental students at two dental colleges affiliated to State Health University of Kerala answered a 20-item questionnaire during Jan–Feb 2015 that investigated their smoking habits and knowledge about the risk factors of smoking habits. The questions were based on the modified Global Health Professional Students Survey (GHPSS) by WHO. Some additional questions were also added from Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) by WHO to meet the objective of this study. Result: Current smoking was reported by 17% of the participants. None of the participants smoked more than half a packet of cigarette. More students from families with at least one tobacco user were using tobacco than those from families with no members using tobacco (51.2 versus 37.0%, respectively). The majority of dental students (92%) considered education on tobacco use cessation to be the responsibility of dentists/doctors. Conclusion: One of the main aims of this study was to shed light on the knowledge and attitudes of dental students on tobacco use cessation. Fairly high number of participants reported receiving inadequate information on tobacco cessation during their studies. Dental students should be taught and encouraged early on to routinely discuss with smokers the impacts of smoking on health.

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