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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 425--430

Tobacco use and cessation counseling in India-data from the Global Health Professions Students Survey, 2005-09

NS Surani1, MS Pednekar1, DN Sinha2, G Singh3, CW Warren4, S Asma4, PC Gupta1, PK Singh2 
1 Healis-Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health, Navi Mumbai, India
2 World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi, India
3 School of Preventive Oncology, Patna, India
4 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA

Correspondence Address:
M S Pednekar
Healis-Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health, Navi Mumbai
India

Context: Tobacco use by health professionals reflects the failure of healthcare systems in protecting not only beneficiaries of the system but also those involved in health care delivery. Aim: The aim of this study was to report findings from the Global Health Professions Students Survey (GHPSS) conducted in medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy schools in India. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Indian dental and medical schools (in 2009), nursing (in 2007), and pharmacy (in 2008) schools. Materials and Methods: Anonymous, self-administered GHPSS questionnaire covering demographics, tobacco use prevalence, secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure, desire to quit smoking and training received to provide cessation counseling to patients was used. Statistical Analysis: Proportions and prevalence were computed using SUDAAN and SPSS 15.0. Results: Current cigarette smoking and other tobacco use ranged from 3.4-13.4% and 4.5-11.6% respectively, in the four health professional schools, with the highest numbers for medical schools and males. Enforcement of smoking ban in medical schools was low (53%) compared to nursing (86.4%), pharmacy (85.5%), and dental (90.8%) schools. Ninety percent students thought health professionals have a role in giving smoking cessation advice to their patients. Three out of five current smokers wanted to quit. However, one out of two reported receiving help/advice to quit. Although all expressed the need, 29.1-54.8% students received cessation training in their schools. Conclusion: Tobacco control policy, cessation training and initiatives to help students quit smoking should be undertaken.


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Surani N S, Pednekar M S, Sinha D N, Singh G, Warren C W, Asma S, Gupta P C, Singh P K. Tobacco use and cessation counseling in India-data from the Global Health Professions Students Survey, 2005-09.Indian J Cancer 2012;49:425-430


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Surani N S, Pednekar M S, Sinha D N, Singh G, Warren C W, Asma S, Gupta P C, Singh P K. Tobacco use and cessation counseling in India-data from the Global Health Professions Students Survey, 2005-09. Indian J Cancer [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 Feb 26 ];49:425-430
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