Numerous studies have illustrated that even brief and simple advice from health professionals can substantially increase smoking cessation rates.
In 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) therefore developed the first survey that collected information on health profession students (e.g. medical, nursing, dental and pharmacy) cross-nationally using a consistent methodology. The data source for this dataset is Global Health Professions Student Survey (GHPSS). It uses a common methodology and core questionnaire to systematically monitor health professions students’ tobacco use and track trends over time in tobacco-related knowledge, attitudes, behaviors and environmental influences. This research is also about training the health professionals that how different methods can lead to reducing the tobacco use among people and their usefulness in the long run.
The findings of the survey are depicted in percentages. The common regional themes include:
1. Female health profession students have higher tobacco use than females in the general population
2. Female health profession students have higher tobacco use than male health profession students
3. Majority of health professions students recognize themselves as role models, but large proportion are current smokers
4. Large gap between those health profession students that believe they should receive formal training and those that actually do
5. Nursing and Dentistry students generally receive more formal training on tobacco than Medicine and Pharmacy