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  News   :   28.11.2020

CVS Health stopped selling tobacco products in its 7,700 stores!
American Public Health Association

Sptember 4, 2014

It's official! CVS Health announced that the company has stopped selling tobacco products in its 7,700 stores! 
Tobacco is the only product that, when used as directed, kills. Every year, more than 480,000 Americans die and millions more get sick due to tobacco use. In addition, tobacco use results in more than $289 billion in health care and related costs.

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Influence of dental education in motivational interviewing on the efficacy of interventions for smoking cessation
Schoonheim-Klein M

August 22, 2013

To test whether education of dental students in motivational interviewing (MI) for smoking cessation counselling will increase the number of patients and students who quit smoking and will improve knowledge and attitudes of dental students towards tobacco cessation counselling. 
Over 2 years, during four successive undergraduate periodontal courses, student groups received either no education in MI or MI with increasing quality and extent of the education. Smoking habits were assessed before, and 1, 6 and 12 months after periodontal treatment by means of a questionnaire. In the same way, attitudes and knowledge related to tobacco cessation and the perceived quality of the education in MI of the students were evaluated. 
A significant reduction in smokers was achieved only in the group of students receiving the most extensive MI education followed by a formative assessment: 20% quit rate after 1 year for patients and 39% for students. Owing to MI education, the knowledge of the students on the relationship between smoking and periodontitis increased from 33% without MI to over 96% in the groups with MI. 
Engaging dental students in smoking cessation with MI has promise when incorporated in the periodontal education. 
Department of Periodontology, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 
European Journal Of Dental Education (impact factor: 1.18). 02/2013; 17(1):e28-33. DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0579.2012.00755.x  
Source: PubMed

A video feedback-based tobacco cessation counselling course for undergraduates-preliminary results
Antal M.

August 22, 2013

Hungary has one of the highest rates of tobacco use and decayed, missing and filled teeth in Europe, and the number of lung cancer-related deaths per annum is amongst the highest globally. As it is estimated that the rate of smokers who see their dentist or physician annually is about 70%, to involve all healthcare providers in tobacco intervention seems to be a promising strategy to reduce tobacco use in countries like Hungary. Such an intervention should obviously include the dental health team. It has already been suggested by experts on this topic that instruction in tobacco use prevention and cessation counselling for dental professionals and students of dentistry should be included in under- and postgraduate curricula. 
To present a novel, video feedback-based undergraduate cessation counselling programme, which has recently been introduced to the dental curriculum at the Faculty of Dentistry, Szeged, Hungary. 
Applying a problem-based learning approach, the programme consists of three main activities: a small-group interactive training session led by a faculty member, where students learn about the basic science and clinical aspects of tobacco use, including counselling skills; student interactions with professional actors (i.e. standardised patients) simulating real-life dental situations, which are recorded for post hoc evaluation; and finally an evaluation of the recorded performance of each student, with the participation of the actor, the student and a faculty member. 
With the help of this new approach, students had the chance to learn about and develop a deeper understanding of tobacco-related professional dental communication in realistic, case-based dental scenarios. Students have reported increased confidence in tobacco counselling after having participated in this programme. Furthermore, this method appears to be an ideal tool for the evaluation of both verbal and non-verbal tobacco counselling skills. 
To our knowledge, we are the first to have applied video feedback combined with behavioural modification methods in the teaching of tobacco cessation counselling. We conclude that teaching method can help dentists better understand smokers, gain confidence in tobacco cessation counselling and become more effective promoters of a smoke-free lifestyle. In addition, this method can be easily adapted to other healthcare educational settings, including other oral health training programmes. 
Department of Operative and Esthetic Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary. 
European Journal Of Dental Education (impact factor: 1.18). 02/2013; 17(1):e166-72. DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0579.2012.00776.x  
Source: PubMed

Dentists want key role in tobacco strategy
Deborah Condon

May 1, 2013

The HSE is being urged to give dentists a key role in the development of its tobacco control strategy. 
According to the Irish Dental Association (IDA), while many people are aware of the dangers of smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer, they are not as familiar with the damage tobacco can cause to oral health. 
Currently in Ireland, oral cancer kills two people every week, with smokers who drink alcohol at the greatest risk. Furthermore, smoking affects the healing of wounds and can lead to dry socket, a painful condition that can last up to two weeks after a tooth is extracted. 
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Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI): World No Tobacco Day

May 1, 2013

31 May 2013 
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners everywhere mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.


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