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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 34-39

Tobacco related attitudes and counseling practices among dental surgeons in Chennai

Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital Alapakkam Main Road, Maduravoyal, Chennai-95, India

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The total number of tobacco users in the world has been estimated as 1.2 billion which is expected to rise to 1.6 billion during 2020's. At present, tobacco use can cause death of 3.5 to 4 million people which is expected to increase to about 10 million during 2020's. Developing countries need to be concerned because 7 million of these deaths would be occurring in these areas, mainly due to increasing trends of tobacco use. The aim of the study is to identify tobacco related attitudes and counseling practices among dental surgeons in Chennai. Cluster sampling was used for selecting the colleges and 240 dental surgeons participated in the study. Questionnaires were given to selected subjects. We all are familiar with the common phrase ''practice before you preach". With this in mind, isn't it our duty to give the habit of smoking before counseling our patients. Tobacco counseling should be a part of dental curriculum. Only then, it is possible to instill the habit of counseling in our future dental surgeons. Tobacco cessation counseling programmes should be conducted for educating the dental surgeons and should be a part of each and every CDE programme. We dental surgeons, by profession as responsible doctors should take efforts to make a ''TOBACCO FREE SOCIETY'' for the benefit of mankind.

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