Dental students' attitudes and behavior toward smoking cessation as part of their professional education

Yuval Vered*, Alon Livny, Avi Zini, Suzan Shabaita, Harold D. Sgan-Cohen

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Background: Dental professionals have a major role in promoting tobacco use cessation (TUC). Purpose: The objective is to assess dental students' knowledge, attitudes, behavior, and perception regarding their potential expected role. Methods: Selfadministered anonymous questionnaires were used for all students of the Jerusalem Dental Medicine School. Results: Among 275 responding students, 17% reported smoking. Most students reported asking patients about smoking, counseling against smoking, and advising to quit. Only a minority reported providing antismoking educational material, suggesting nicotine replacements, and arranging follow-ups. Most students did not consider a list of suggested potential obstacles (lack of resources, not their role, etc.) as true barriers. Analysis by stage of studies revealed significant differences in reported TUC strategies and positive attitudes and decreases in perceived potential obstacles. Conclusions: These results indicate specific and practical areas for promoting antismoking intervention. Dental schools need to emphasize their role in preparing the next generation with a clear dedication toward TUC.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)268-273
Number of pages6
JournalTeaching and Learning in Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010


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