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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

Mobilization of Medical, Dental and Nursing Graduates in Community Intervention for Tobacco Control, Cancer Awareness & Prevention

Paras K. Pokharel, MD, Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, DPS School Road ,Ghopa, C type, Dharan 18,Sunsari ,Koshi, Dharan, Nepal and Hanoon P. Pokharel, MD, Department of women,s Health Care, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Ghopa, DPS School Road, Dharan, Nepal.

Objective: To inculcate sensitivity to Doctors, Dental Surgeons and B.Sc Nurses about the burden of Tobacco in Community and their social responsibility for advocacy in control.

Methods: Study Design: Prospective 200 students are posted in rural area with supervision of faculties for a period of four weeks.One week module is designed to practice communication, information and education to villagers in the topic the Harm Caused by Tobacco. Pocket of population picked up randomly and went on doing till 1000 smokers reached unless they found 5 tobacco users for each student. Total population covered was 50510. One smokers were motivated to give up the habit by an intern per day.

Results: The prevalence of smoking was found among the acceptors to discuss 20 %, though it is under reported as objective of study was not to measure the burden rather intervention was meant. Our observation shows person with chest symptoms is good recipient of behavior modifications and tried to quit .

Smoking Cessation Clinic's feed back is very optimistic as many quitters are willing to take assistance from Doctors from that particular area. This made university to introduce formally in main curricula as a tobacco Control and Cancer prevention in its PBL week during formative years of Graduate of program of all health sciences disciplines