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Dental Practitioners and Smoking Cessation in Ireland

Sheila Keogan 1  ,  
Annette Burns 2,  
Kate Babineau 1,  
 
1
TobaccoFree Research Institute, Ireland
2
Royal College of Surgeons of England, United Kingdom
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2015;1(October):5
Publish date: 2015-10-19
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ABSTRACT:
Introduction:
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.

Methods:
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.

Results:
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

Conclusions:
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.



CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Sheila Keogan   
TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland, Focas Research Institute, D.I.T Kevin Street, D8 Dublin, Ireland
eISSN:2459-3087