Tobacco cessation support among dentists: A cross-sectional survey in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
Basais Alajmi 1, 2
Osama Abu-Hammad 3, 4
Najla Dar-Odeh 3, 4  
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Riyadh Colleges for Dentistry and Pharmacy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Kuwaiti Ministry of Health, Kuwait
College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Al Madinah Al Monawara, Saudi Arabia
Faculty of Dentistry, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Najla Dar-Odeh   

Taibah University, Al Salam Rd, 41411 Al Madinah Al Monawara, Saudi Arabia
Publication date: 2017-08-01
Submission date: 2017-05-14
Final revision date: 2017-07-01
Acceptance date: 2017-07-10
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2017;3(August):121
This study aims to explore the smoking prevalence among a sample of dentists working in two Gulf countries, and to assess the association between smoking habit and socioprofessional factors affecting their attitude towards tobacco cessation activities, including barriers that prevent them from practicing such activities.

This was a cross-sectional, online questionnaire-based, survey among dentists from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, during summer 2016. The questionnaire consisted of questions on socio-professional characteristics, tobacco use and attitudes towards the adoption of tobacco cessation programs in dental practices. The questionnaire also enquired about the barriers to adoption of tobacco cessation. Descriptive statistics were used to describe demographic and smoking characteristics while cross tabulation with chi-square test was used to find out statistical significance of association between the groups (P 0.05).

A total number of 466 responses were included in statistical analysis with 286 males (61.4%) and 180 females (38.6%), age ranged from 23 to 79 years (mean=32.7 9.32). Most of the sample (N=437, 93.8%) indicated that the dentist has a vital role in educating patients on the health hazards of smoking. A positive attitude toward adoption of tobacco cessation campaigns was associated with older, more experienced, medically compromised, non-smoker dentists. The most frequently cited barrier to tobacco cessation was lack of time (39.2%).

Dentists who smoke are less likely to adopt smoking cessation campaigns in their clinics. More experienced dentists and those older than 40 years are more likely to engage in smoking cessation activities.

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