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Smoking habits among physicians in two Gulf countries.

Authors
  • Bener, A
  • Gomes, J
  • Anderson, J A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the Royal Society of Health
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1993
Volume
113
Issue
6
Pages
298–301
Identifiers
PMID: 8308847
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The smoking habit of physicians in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait were studied as first step towards surveying the habit among medical professionals. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Kuwait between January-June 1990. Out of the 300 physicians who were contacted 252 (84%) completed the questionnaires, 190 (75%) were males and 62 (25%) were females. Among male physicians, current smokers were 86 (45.3%), ex-smokers were 34 (17.9%) and non-smokers were 70 (36.8%), while among the female physicians 10 (16%) were smokers and 52 (84%) were non-smokers. Also, a cross-sectional study was conducted between December 1991-November 1992 to identify the extent of smoking among physicians in UAE. Of the 300 physicians, 275 (91.6%) responded, 214 (77.8%) were males and 61 (22.2%) were females. Among the males, current smokers were 94 (43.9%), ex-smokers were 32 (14.9%) and non-smokers were 88 (41.2%), while among the females 5 (8.2%) were smokers, 3 (4.9%) were ex-smokers and 53 (86.9%) were non-smokers. Most important factors responsible for non-smoking doctors for not taking up smoking were: 'Protection of health', 'Self-discipline' and 'To set a good example to others'. The majority of physicians in UAE (91.3%) and Kuwait (75.6%) strongly agreed that smoking is hazardous to health. The results revealed that less than 50% of physicians provide information to over 70% of smoking patients. The majority of physicians and health professionals were aware of association between smoking and various diseases.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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