Progress in Tobacco Dependence Education: Where Does Your School Stand? (

Loewen, Jill, Joan Davis, Sara Gordon, Margie Arnett, and Laura Romito

Purpose
This study’s purpose was to assess Tobacco Dependence Education in U.S. and Canadian dental schools.

Methods
After IRB approval, a 51-item survey was e-mailed to each dental school’s tobacco champion, with a return rate of 66%. Findings suggested: 1) time spent across the curriculum was 837 minutes, 2) periodontics, oral pathology and clinic are the subject areas that include Tobacco Dependence Education, 3) clinical competencies are utilized if a patient was interested in quitting and, 4) faculty felt confident teaching tobacco-related oral pathology.

Conclusions
Great strides have been made by U.S. and Canadian dental schools, and  areas for improvement were identified.