alexa Smoking habits among physicians in two Gulf countries.
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): Bener A, Gomes J, Anderson JA

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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)
This article was published in J R Soc Health and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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