Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003295
Title: Awareness about oral cancer among tobacco users visiting a private dental hospital in Chennai
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Aim: This study aims to assess the knowledge about oral cancer among tobacco users attending a private dental hospital in India. Background: Oral cancer is on rise due to increased consumption of tobacco products in India. Hence, the present study aimed to assess the awareness about oral cancers among tobacco users visiting a dental hospital in Chennai, India. Materials and Methods: Interviewer administered questionnaire was prepared and distributed to 549 patients >20 years of age. In the first section, information regarding the demographic details such as age, gender, occupation, level of education, habits, and monthly income was gathered. It also included age of initiation of habit, number of years of the habit, amount spent, and reason for initiation of the habit, attempts to withdraw from the habit. The second section included Fagerstrom test for nicotine dependence, and finally, readiness to quit the habit was evaluated. Results: Of 549 participants in this questionnaire survey, 59% have very low dependence and only 47.5% were highly ready to quit tobacco use. Conclusion: Government must monitor the implementation of tobacco control laws. Heavy smokers should be treated with nicotine replacement therapy based on their dependence level. Self-help programs can be introduced for helping them to quit the habit.

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    R. Pradeep Kumar1,2 *, S. Thenmozhi 3 , Lakshmi Thangavelu4

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    1 Ph.D Scholar, Department of Counselling Psychology, University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Reader, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    3 Associate Professor, Department of Counselling Psychology, University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    4 Department of Pharmacology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. R. Pradeep Kumar, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India

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    R. Pradeep Kumar1,2 *, S. Thenmozhi 3 , Lakshmi Thangavelu4

    Title:Awareness about oral cancer among tobacco users visiting a private dental hospital in Chennai
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (March)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (521-523)
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    Methodology:Awareness, Heavy smokers, Knowledge, Oral cancer, Tobacco use
    Research Materials:Tobacco use

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Awareness Heavy smokers Knowledge Oral cancer Tobacco use

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