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Implementation of Tobacco Cessation Program for Dental Undergraduates in their Curriculum: The Need and Suggested Plan

Sheetal S Sanikop, Sujata M Byahatti

Keywords : Cessation, Curriculum, Dental undergraduates, Tobacco, Tobacco cessation, Tobacco cessation counseling, Tobacco cessation methods, Tobacco products, Tobacco regulations, Tobacco use

Citation Information : Sanikop SS, Byahatti SM. Implementation of Tobacco Cessation Program for Dental Undergraduates in their Curriculum: The Need and Suggested Plan. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2023; 17 (3):121-125.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10062-0176

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 31-01-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Tobacco use causes enormous morbidity and mortality because of the high risk of tobacco addiction-related diseases. It is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the world and an important cause of premature death. The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence 2008 Update state that the clinician is responsible for providing a brief tobacco cessation intervention to all tobacco-using patients. Dental students generally report feeling unprepared to counsel tobacco-using patients to quit because of a lack of knowledge and confidence in the effectiveness of such tobacco cessation measures. These drawbacks of knowledge and confidence related to tobacco cessation measures can be overcome through the introduction of adequate and special systematic training as a part of the dental curriculum. If dentists are to provide tobacco cessation counseling regularly, such counseling must become a more prominent component of the dental curriculum. Hence, this article aims at suggesting and implementing systematic tobacco cessation program (TCP) for dental undergraduates in their curriculum.

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