Dental Practitioners and Smoking Cessation in Ireland
TobaccoFree Research Institute, Ireland
Royal College of Surgeons of England, United Kingdom
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2015;1(October):5
Publish date: 2015-10-19
Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death. As the Irish government works towards their stated goal of a ‘tobacco free society’ in 2025, treatment of smokers must be expanded and improved.
Purpose: To examine smoking prevalence, training, and awareness of smoking cessation treatment among dentists in Ireland.
In 2013, 289 dentists from the Irish Dental Association completed an online survey on personal tobacco use, training, and awareness of smoking cessation treatments and services.
Of the final sample, 9% were current smokers, 7% reported receiving formal training in smoking cessation, and 5.6% refer their patients to specialist cessation services. Over 65% of dentists surveyed felt they did not have adequate training in smoking cessation
Smoking prevalence is low among dentists in Ireland. Most recognized the need to provide adequate smoking cessation support and advice to patients but felt under-trained to do so. Most were not aware of existing referral pathways to specialist smoking cessation services and, thus, referral rates were low.
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