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India is the fourth-largest consumer of tobacco in the world and the third-largest producer of tobacco after China and Brazil. There are about 250 million tobacco users in India who account for about 19% of the world’s total 1.3 billion tobacco users. India’s tobacco problem is made more complex by the fact that tobacco is used in various forms in different parts of the country. Where research once concentrated on tobacco-related diseases and their treatments, emphasis has been shifting toward examining underlying behaviors. Understanding risk profiles helps determine where and how treatment should be focused and which therapies are most effective. It is for this reason that oral health team members are in an ideal position to give their patients specific, authoritative information concerning the adverse oral effects of tobacco use and the means to tackle it. Optimizing the implementation of routine tobacco cessation intervention in general dental practice remains a key aim in the delivery of dental care.
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[Sudeep C B and Chaitra T. (2017); TOBACCO CESSATION COUNSELING – THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A DENTIST. Int. J. of Adv. Res. 5 (3). 326-331] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sree Anjaneya Institute of Dental Sciences, Kerala, India.
Article DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/3518 DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.21474/IJAR01/3518
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