Smoking habits among Israeli hospital doctors: A survey and historical review

Yotam Shkedy*, Raphael Feinmesser, Aviram Mizrachi

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Abstract

Background: Smoking is a serious health issue worldwide. Smoking trends among physicians predict similar trends in the general population. Little is known about current smoking rates among physicians. Objectives: To investigate current smoking trends among Israeli physicians. Methods: All practicing physicians at a tertiary universityaffiliated medical center in central Israel were invited to complete a Web-based questionnaire on smoking habits and smoking-related issues via the institutional email. Findings were compared to those in the general population and between subgroups. Results: Of the 90 responders (53 male, 88 Jewish), 54 (60%) had never smoked, 21 (23.3%) were past smokers, and 15 (16.7%) were current smokers. The rate of current smokers was lower than in the general population. The proportion of current smokers was higher among residents than attending physicians and among physicians in surgical compared to medical specialties. Past smokers accounted for 17.9% of the residents (average age at quitting 26.2 years) and 28.1% of the attending physicians (average age at quitting 33.0 years). Non-smokers more frequently supported harsh anti-smoking legislation. Conclusions: The rate of smoking is lower in physicians than in the general population but has not changed over the last 15 years. Anti-smoking programs should particularly target physicians in surgical specialties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-341
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume15
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • Hospital
  • Israel
  • Physicians
  • Public health
  • Smoking

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