Table 3

Pediatric Dentists' Adolescent Tobacco Use Knowledge and Attitudes

Knowledge Items (N = 872)

Correct*

%

n


• One in three US adolescents uses tobacco by age 18

60

527

90% of first-time cigarette use occurs before high school graduation

40

348

• Every day, more than 1000 US adolescents become regular smokers

36

311

• In the last 25 years the number of US adolescents using smokeless Tobacco has tripled

19

168


Attitude Items

Strongly Agree/Agree

%

n


• The pediatric dentist should set a good example by not using tobacco. (N = 859)

92

793

• It is important for a pediatric dentist to encourage adolescent non-users to remain tobacco free. (N = 859)

78

667

• It is important for a pediatric dentist to ask adolescent patients about tobacco use. (N = 857)

66

565

• Most adolescents will not give up tobacco use even if their pediatric dentist tells them to. (N = 854)

64

548

• It is a pediatric dentist's responsibility to help patients who wish to stop using tobacco to accomplish this. (N = 861)

56

482

• It is a pediatric dentist's responsibility to convince patients who use tobacco to stop. (N = 860)

55

471

• Most adolescent tobacco users have a hard time quitting because they are addicted to nicotine. (N = 856)

54

465

• Pediatric dentists should be more active than they have been in speaking before lay groups about tobacco use. (N = 857)

43

367

• Most adolescent tobacco users can stop if they want to. (N = 851)

37

316

• A pediatric dentist's time can be much better spent doing things other than trying to reduce tobacco use in adolescent patients. (N = 851)

20

173

• Adolescents have enough problems without adding to them by trying to give up tobacco. (N = 859)

4

36


*Missing/"don't know" responses were counted as incorrect.

True/false and multiple choice questions (4 items).

Bold indicates correct answer for multiple choice questions.

Gansky et al. BMC Oral Health 2007 7:13   doi:10.1186/1472-6831-7-13

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