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KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES OF CIGARETTE SMOKING AND ORAL HEALTH RISKS AMONG HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI

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SUMMARY
The attitude of healthcare professionals as treatment providers for tobacco related
diseases might be influenced by their smoking habits. In spite of extensive data indicating
that health care providers can help smokers to quit, the healthcare practitioners don't
seem to be active in providing cessation services to their patients. This may largely be
contributed by the insufficient undergraduate education on oral and systemic effects of
tobacco use and management of the same. In addition, the health care professional
students seem to have a problem with cigarette smoking despite knowledge on effects of
tobacco use.
The objective of this study will be to describe the knowledge, attitudes and practices of
cigarette smoking and oral health risks among healthcare professional students in the
college of health sciences, university of Nairobi.
The study will be a cross sectional study design and the study population will consist of
students in the faculty of medicine, dental sciences, pharmacy and the nursing students.
Two hundred and eighty eight students will be interviewed using a self administered
questionnaire, issued based on a stratified random sampling method. The questionnaire
will include the level of study, Faculty, Gender, Knowledge of health and systemic
effects of cigarette smoking, Cigarette smoking practices, and Attitude towards smoking.
The findings will be useful in making a comparison of smoking rates, attitude towards
smoking and knowledge of the health hazards associated with cigarette smoking among
various groups of healthcare professional students. It will also help in providing
information on the students' attitude towards training on smoking cessation which can
help improve tobacco smoking-related curricula for health care professional students.
The findings will contribute valuable data in the planning of future tobacco cessation
programmes that will influence the attitude of healthcare professional students and
practitioners regarding cigarette smoking.

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