Smoking status of pulmonologists who are members of Turkish thoracic society and factors related to their being a smoker = Türk toraks derneǧi üyesi göǧüs hastalıkları hekimlerinin sigara i̇çme durumu ve i̇lişkili faktörler

Pazarli Bostan, P., Aytemur, Z. A., Hacievl*yah*l, S. S., Öztuna, F., Örsek, O. and Kiran, S. (2013) Smoking status of pulmonologists who are members of Turkish thoracic society and factors related to their being a smoker = Türk toraks derneǧi üyesi göǧüs hastalıkları hekimlerinin sigara i̇çme durumu ve i̇lişkili faktörler. Turkiye Klinikleri Journal of Medical Sciences, 33(3), pp. 732-739. (doi: 10.5336/medsci.2012-30872)

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Abstract

Objective: If smoking habit among physicians in a country is common as it is in the general population, it is a particular problem for national tobacco control studies. The study aimed to investigate the smoking status of pulmonologists who are members of the Turkish Thoracic Society (TTS), and factors related with being a smoker. Material and Methods: Web-questionnaires were e-mailed to members of TTS by the TTS secretary from June 2010-February 2011. Only pulmonologists were included in the study. To analyse possible predictors of smoking smokers were categorized as ever smokers and never smokers. Possible predictors were sex, being graduated before/after 2004, urban/suburban working place, being academician or not, having education on smoking cessation help, experienced in smoking cessation outpatient clinic or not. Results: Web questionnaires of 699 pulmonologists were reviewed. Of the participants, 65.2% were female and the mean age was 39.4±9.0 (25-72); 69% were non-smokers, 21.1% were ex-smokers, and 9.9% were current smokers. Never smokers were mostly included in the group of pulmonologists younger than 40 years old (p=0.001). The number of never smokers with experience in smoking cessation outpatient clinic was higher than the number without any experience (72.1% and 67.1%, respectively; p=0.03). Smoking was 1.8-fold more likely among males (95% confidence interval-CI 1.2-2.5) and 1.8-fold more likely among those graduated before 2004 (95% CI 1.1-3.1); 66.7% of current smokers were in the contemplation stage. The number of cases in contemplation stage were mostly among regular smokers (p=0.001). Conclusion: The results of this study suggesting relatively low prevalence of smoking among pulmonologists are important for tobacco control.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kiran, Professor Sibel
Authors: Pazarli Bostan, P., Aytemur, Z. A., Hacievl*yah*l, S. S., Öztuna, F., Örsek, O., and Kiran, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:Turkiye Klinikleri Journal of Medical Sciences
Publisher:Hekimler Birligi Vakfi
ISSN:1300-0292
ISSN (Online):2146-9040

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