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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 340-344

A tobacco free initiative - Milestone towards tobacco free Nation


1 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
4 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
5 Associate Professor, Dept.of Biochemistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Vrinda Saxena
Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
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Background: Tobacco use is one of the major challenges to public health today. Globally dentists acknowledge that helping tobacco users to quit the habit is a part of professional responsibility. With the above objective we opened Tobacco Cessation Clinic (TCC) in Department of Community Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. This paper reflects the one year data of individual visiting our TCC and provides a platform for greater commitment of dentists in tobacco control initiation including advocacy and cessation program. Aims and Objectives: 1. To assess the prevalence and forms of tobacco use among patients visiting People?s College of Dental Sciences and Research centre, Bhopal. 2. To guide them to refrain from tobacco habit by orientation and regular re-enforcement. 3. Recommendation for tobacco free environment. Methodology: All the patients and accompanying persons visiting Tobacco Cessation Clinic from 1st June 2007 to 1st June 2008, addicted to tobacco use in any form were included in the study. A pretested proforma including oral examination was used for data collection. Results: Majority of subjects were male and in 21-30 years of age. Out of 146 subjects, only 5.47% subjects were refrained from tobacco habit, majority of them (49.31%) were totally unmotivated. Conclusion: The statistical data of Tobacco Cessation Clinic represents the overview of tobacco related health problems & use of tobacco within Bhopal district. There is a need for capacity building for smoking cessation and treatment of tobacco dependence.


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