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Tobacco Cessation Certificate Program for Dentists

November 2018 – February 2019


Tobacco is the only legally available and commonly used substance that will cause death of one third to half the people who use it. In India, 35% of the adults in the age group of 15 years and above use Tobacco, majority use smokeless tobacco. Nearly one in two adult males (48%) and one in five adult females (21%) are tobacco users. Two in five (38%) adults in rural areas and one in four (25%) adults in urban areas use tobacco in some form as per GATS 2010. Smoking reduces the median survival rate by 6-8 years.

Role of Dentists in Tobacco cessation

 Dentists have been recognized as “ideally positioned to counsel against the use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.” They can relay specific information concerning the oral ill effects of tobacco use. The dental encounter probably constitutes a “teachable moment” when the patient is receptive to counseling about lifestyle issues. Because of their expertise in dental and oral health, dentists make a unique and important contribution to the tobacco withdrawal program. Oral health professionals should integrate assessment of tobacco use, prevention and cessation services into their routine and daily practice.


On course completion, the dentists should be able to:

  1. Understand tobacco use and addiction
  2. Identify and assess tobacco use severity
  3. Assist in tobacco cessation
  4. Prevent relapses
  5. Discuss about useful counselling techniques for quitting tobacco
  6. Specific focus on pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods of quitting Tobacco
Participants Enrolled
Accredited Participants
Lives Touched/Patients Reached