STOHN is a practice-based research network (PBRN) dedicated to developing a research infrastructure for generating practical and timely information to enhance the quality and efficacy of oral health care. STOHN members are practicing dentists and dental hygienists in South Texas who help to develop and implement dental research where it really matters – in their practices.
2022 Smokeless Tobacco Study
There is currently very little research done on smokeless tobacco (ST) and it is a global public health threat. Health effects linked to ST use include oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, oral diseases such as periodontitis, precancerous lesions, risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, reproductive health effects, and overall mortality. San Antonio has a multicultural population due to diverse racial/ethnic groups from around the world and would benefit from a study to understand the attitudes and behaviors of the diverse population, including immigrants, young adults, and other community members (military, various sports, and occupations), regarding ST practices. The researchers hope to learn the attitudes and behaviors of smokeless tobacco use and practices through a needs assessment among community members and practicing dental providers.