Role of Primary Care Providers in Tobacco Cessation, Tobacco Dependence Treatment


  • Rohini Ruhil Yes Health Care Clinic, Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh


Tobacco Cessation, Primary health care, Tobacco dependence, Tobacco use, Health education


Background: Tobacco use is very common among Indian society. In fact, tobacco use is responsible for majority of morbidity and mortality in India and worldwide. Tobacco has been identified as “addictive” and tobacco dependence has been defined as a health problem in ICD-10. Aims & Objectives: This review article aims to emphasize the role of primary health care providers in tobacco cessation and to give recommendations after identifying barriers and exploring the present scenario. Material Methods: Several studies, journals and web-based articles have been referred to support the evidence that a brief tobacco cessation advice from physicians could help the patient quit. Result: Studies show that there is lack of participation from primary health care providers for tobacco cessation. Several barriers have been identified in many studies and also there exist some solutions to these barriers. Conclusion: It has been concluded in the article that primary health care providers should be trained and supported with all possible resources so that they can screen tobacco use in patients and could help them quit.


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Ruhil R. Role of Primary Care Providers in Tobacco Cessation, Tobacco Dependence Treatment. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2015 Mar. 31 [cited 2024 Feb. 22];27(1):08-12. Available from:



Review Article