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Cigarette and E-Cigarette Use and Smoking Cessation Practices among Physicians in Poland

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School of Public Health, Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education, Kleczewska 61/63, 01-826 Warsaw, Poland
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Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Medical University of Lodz, Zeligowskiego 7/9 Str, 90-752 Łódź, Poland
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Department of the Prevention of Environmental Hazards and Allergology, Medical University of Warsaw, Banacha 1a Str, 02-091 Warsaw, Poland
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UHE Satellite Campus in Warsaw, University of Humanities and Economics in Łódź, Felińskiego 15 Str, 01-513 Warsaw, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(19), 3595; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16193595
Received: 19 August 2019 / Revised: 23 September 2019 / Accepted: 23 September 2019 / Published: 25 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Health Behaviors, Risk Factors, NCDs and Health Promotion)
Physicians play a key role in combating tobacco use. This study aims to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and behaviors toward smoking cessation and vaping cessation interventions among physicians in Poland; to identify factors shaping physicians’ behaviors toward smoking and vaping cessation interventions; and to assess differences in the tobacco cessation interventions recommended for cigarette smokers and users of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). A questionnaire-based survey was conducted in 2018 among physicians attending mandatory public health training courses delivered at the School of Public Health, Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education, Warsaw, Poland. The questionnaire included 25 questions related to tobacco product use and smoking cessation interventions. Data were obtained from 423 physicians (64.3% female; mean age 32.0 ± 5.8 years) with response rate of 84.6%. Current cigarette smoking was declared by 7.8% of participants; 1.9% of participants were e-cigarette users and 1.9% used heated tobacco. Smoking cessation interventions were offered more often to patients who smoked cigarettes than those who used e-cigarettes (p < 0.001). Physicians’ behaviors toward smoking cessation and vaping cessation interventions were associated with (p < 0.05) physicians’ smoking status and self-declared knowledge about smoking cessation methods. Among physicians in Poland, discussion of smoking cessation was not common behavior and limited mainly to identification of smoking status. View Full-Text
Keywords: tobacco use; smoking; electronic cigarettes; physicians; smoking cessation; addiction tobacco use; smoking; electronic cigarettes; physicians; smoking cessation; addiction
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Jankowski, M.; Kaleta, D.; Zgliczyński, W.S.; Grudziąż-Sękowska, J.; Wrześniewska-Wal, I.; Gujski, M.; Wierzba, W.; Pinkas, J. Cigarette and E-Cigarette Use and Smoking Cessation Practices among Physicians in Poland. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3595.

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