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ISRN Public Health
Volume 2013, Article ID 706451, 5 pages
Research Article

Health Professionals’ Role in Helping Patients Quit Tobacco Use: Attitudes among Iranian Dental Students

1Department of Community Oral Health, School of Dentistry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Hakim-Karegar Cross, North Karegar Avenue, Tehran 1439955991, Iran
2Department of Community Dentistry, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 5281, 90014 Oulu, Finland
3Oulu University Hospital, P.O. Box 21, 90029 Oulu, Finland

Received 25 May 2013; Accepted 24 July 2013

Academic Editors: A. R. Mawson and M. H. Stigler

Copyright © 2013 Hooman Keshavarz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Health professionals play an essential role in tobacco control. Our objective was to assess Iranian dental students' attitudes towards tobacco control. Methods. Eight dental schools were randomly selected, and a survey using Global Health Professions Student Survey (GHPSS) instrument was conducted among dental students in 2010 in Iran. The chi-square test served for statistical analyses. Results. Of the participants (325 students, 66% female), about one-fifth (21%) were current tobacco (including cigarettes and waterpipe) users. A clear majority (over 80%) of the students agreed as to the responsibility of health professionals on serving as role models for patients and the public, routinely advising patients using tobacco to quit, and giving patients advice about smoking cessation. Over 75% believed that cigarette-smoking health professionals are less likely to advise their patients to stop smoking. Current tobacco users were significantly less likely to agree with these beliefs ( ). Conclusion. Future oral health professionals have generally positive attitudes towards tobacco control. However, their own current tobacco use has a significant negative impact on these attitudes, an impact which ought to be taken into account in tobacco control.