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Salud Pública de México

versión impresa ISSN 0036-3634

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TAMI-MAURY, Irene et al. Smoking behavior among third year dental students in Latin American countries: prevalence, perceptions, and risk factors. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2017, vol.59, suppl.1, pp.45-53. ISSN 0036-3634.  http://dx.doi.org/10.21149/7828.

Objective:

To examine the association between tobacco-related risk factors and smoking among third-year dental students in Latin American countries.

Materials and methods:

Logistic regression models were used to analyze Global Health Professions Student Survey (GHPSS) data.

Results:

Of 5 605 respondents, 33% smoked and 45% had been exposed to secondhand smoke during the previous month, 34% smoked in school buildings during the past year, and 85% had never received formal training in smoking cessation. Smoking was significantly associated with male sex; Bolivian, Chilean, or Mexican nationality; exposure to secondhand smoke; lacking self-perception of being a “role model” for patients; and not believing that health professionals who smoke are less likely to advise patients to quit smoking.

Conclusions:

All dental schools should encourage tobacco-free policies and offer cessation services. Cessation training must be incorporated into dental curricula to include dental professionals in the battle against the tobacco epidemic.

Palabras llave : smoking; tobacco; prevalence; student; dentistry.

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