Smoking prevention and primary physician's and patient's characteristics

Joseph Azuri*, Shlomit Peled, Eliezer Kitai, Shlomo Vinker

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objective: To describe relationships between primary physician and patient characteristics and the approach to prevention and quitting of smoking. Methods: A questionnaire composed of descriptions of cases and clinic activities was given to primary physicians. Results: Fewer smoking physicians use written materials, yet former smokers more often recommend smoking cessation groups. Greatest efforts are invested in high-risk patients. However, former smokers invest greater efforts among youth and pregnant women. Workload and patient's main complaint exert great influence on raising the subject. Conclusions: The various attitudes of physicians emphasize the importance of physician education that should be according to their smoking habits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)710-717
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Primary care physician
  • Smoking cessation
  • Smoking habits
  • Smoking prevention


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