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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 440-446

Assessment of tobacco use amongst dental students in Bengaluru City, Karnataka

1 Asst. Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, PMNM Dental Hospital and Hospital, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India
2 Dean cum Director, Professor and Head, Govt. Dental College and Research Institute, Bengaluru, India
3 Reader, Dept. of Community Dentistry, Govt. Dental College, Bengaluru, India

Correspondence Address:
Anitha R Sagarkar
Asst. Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, PMNM Dental Hospital and Hospital, Bagalkot, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

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Tobacco is the second major preventable cause of death in the world. With this perspective, dental health professionals not only serve as providers of care for their patients, but also are expected to model the advice they impart. Hence, this survey was undertaken to assess the tobacco use amongst the dental students. Methodology: The questionnaire Global Health Professional survey (GHPS) from WHO and CDC was utilized, to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of Tobacco. Results: Life-time prevalence of cigarette smoking for third year dental students in Bangalore was 12.1%. Over 80 % of current cigarette smokers felt like having a cigarette within 30 minutes of awaking in the morning. Three - quarters of students surveyed had some knowledge on pharmacotherapy for tobacco-use Cessation. Conclusions: It was observed that the most of the dental students had this grave habit; hence this problem should be first tackled before the common man is focused on, as they play a major role in helping the patients who rely on the dental health profession for quitting this habit to an extent.

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