Tobacco use among Australian dental hygiene students is declining, but more still needs to be done
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School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, Australia
Submission date: 2013-09-11
Acceptance date: 2013-10-21
Publication date: 2013-10-23
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Melanie J Hayes   

School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Brush Road, 2258 Ourimbah, Australia
Tobacco Induced Diseases 2013;11(October):22
While health care professionals have a responsibility to prevent and control the use of tobacco for improved health outcomes, it appears that some dental hygiene students continue to smoke. A survey of Australian dental hygiene students found that up to 16.3% smoke, although this prevalence rate decreased with each year of study. As future role models, it is essential that smoking cessation counselling is embedded in the dental curriculum to not only discourage their own habits, but so that they may promote the importance of being tobacco free to the wider population.
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