Smoking Cessation Advice“The Best Time to Quit Smoking was the Day you Started, the SecondBest Time to Quit is Today”

  • Sana Abbas Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Beenish Abbas Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Faisal Nawaz Khan Combined Military Hospital Peshawar/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Hafiz Rabi Ul Ehsan Combined Military Hospital Abbottabad/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Ahsan Malik Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Sadia Munir Malik Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), Rawalpindi Pakistan
Keywords: Nicotine, Smoking, Tobacco

Abstract

Objective: To decide the mindfulness and competency of dental and clinical experts in offering smoking discontinuance guidance.

Study Design: Cross-sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Tertiary Care Teaching Institute, Rawalpindi Pakistan, from Oct 2019 to Feb 2020.

Methodology: A pilot study carried out at 15-20 participants for questionnaire validation and reviewed by independent experts for face validity. A final questionnaire comprised of ten multiple-choice questions in addition to demographic profile. The minimum sample size required for the study was 261, where the national prevalence of smoking was 21.6%.

Results: A total of 550 participants participated in the study and data were extracted from their responses. There were 335 (61.0%) males and 215 (39.0%) females in the study group, with a mean age of 32.4 ± 4.3 and the age range 25 – 44 years. Among total respondents, 380 (69%) were qualified dental and medical practitioners whereas 170(31%) were medical and dental students. Only (40%) respondents were confident in rendering cessation advice whereas (60%) were not. Only (15.5%) participants declared that they received formal training to counsel for quitting smoking. Among the total 234 (100%) males were confident in giving in advice whereas none of the females were sure enough p value <0.001.

Conclusion: Despite smoking is of immense concern regarding Public Health, Medical and dental professionals are not proficient enough in smoking cessation counselling. A major fraction of mortality and morbidity is attributable to it; therefore, importance is to be enlightened as a preventable cause of death

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Published
2022-06-06
How to Cite
Abbas, S., Abbas, B., Khan, F., Ehsan, H., Malik, A., & Malik, S. (2022). Smoking Cessation Advice“The Best Time to Quit Smoking was the Day you Started, the SecondBest Time to Quit is Today”. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 72(SUPPL-2), S311-15. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v72iSUPPL-2.4028
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