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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 30-34

Linking India global health professions student survey data to the world health organization framework convention on tobacco control

1 School of Preventive Oncology, Patna, India
2 Healis - Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health, Navi Mumbai, India
3 Center for Disease Control, USA

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D N Sinha
School of Preventive Oncology, Patna
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.65177

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The 2003 India Tobacco Control Act (ITCA) includes provisions designed to reduce tobacco consumption and protect citizens from exposure to secondhand smoke. India ratified the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) on February 27, 2005. The WHO FCTC is the world's first public health treaty that aims to promote and protect public health and reduce the devastating health and economic impact of tobacco. The Global Health Professions Student Survey (GHPSS) was developed to track tobacco use among third-year dental, medical, nursing, and pharmacy students across countries. Data from the dental (2005), medical (2006), nursing(2007), and pharmacy (2008) GHPSS conducted in India showed high prevalence of tobacco use and a general lack of training by health professionals in patient cessation counseling techniques. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare could use this information to monitor and evaluate the existing tobacco control program effort in India as well as to develop and implement new tobacco control program initiatives.


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