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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 25-29

Tobacco habits, attitudes and prevention among 500 dental professionals of two dental 25 colleges in Davangere, Kamataka

Dept. of Community Dentistry College of Dental Sciences Davangere. Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere - 577004, Ka.rnataka, India

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Objective: To assess the prevalence of tobacco related habits and degree of awareness with respect to the harmful effects of tobacco among dental professionals in Davangere. Methodology : A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted among 500 dental professionals. The closed ended questionnaire consisted of three sections to collect information to find out reasons for using tobacco and information regarding awareness of tobacco consumption. Results: The awareness among dental personnel with respect to the ill effects of tobacco was found to be good. However, 56.2% of them consumed tobacco in one or other forms. Conclusion: Efforts should be made to inculcate tobacco cessation in the dental curriculum, so that they play a positive role and contribute in their own ways in elimination and eradicating this habit.

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