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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

Tobacco Use Attitude and Behaviour among Third Year Medical Students in India,2006

Dhirendra Narain Sinha, MD, MS, Ph.D1, Charles Wick Warren, Ph.D2, Samira Asma2, and Gupteshwar Singh1. (1) Surgery/Oncology, SK Medical College/School of Preventive Oncology, A/27, Anandpuri,, Boring Canal road ,, Patna, 800001, India, (2) Office on Smoking or Health, 4770 Buford Highway, NE, Mailstop K-50, Atlanta, GA

Objective: The role of health professionals in tobacco control is very important. They can also play an important role in effectively implementing certain provisions of the WHO FCTC. The World Health Organization (WHO), Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) developed the instrument for Global Health Professionals Pilot Surveys to collect data on tobacco use and cessation counseling among health professional students in WHO Member States.

Methods: Among 170 medical schools in India 15 medical colleges has been selected on probability proportion to the enrollment size of different schools. In selected medical schools all third year students are eligible for participation. The GHPS is a self-administered survey, with a standard methodology.

Results: The fieldwork is ongoing

Conclusion: Collection of this data will help India in formulating and strengthening training of health professional students for providing tobacco cessation counseling and other things that helps in formulating comprehensive tobacco control policy in medical schools and hospitals, clinics and communities.