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Smoking habits in a family physician’s practice

Janusz Maciejewski, Michał Bednarek, Damian Korzybski, Jan Zieliński
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2009;77(3):248-255.

open access

Vol 77, No 3 (2009)
ORIGINAL PAPERS
Published online: 2009-04-23
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract


Introduction: Poland is the one of the countries in the European Union with the highest prevalence of smokers. The involvement of family physicians in smoking cessation activity could improve this situation. The aim of this study was to estimate smoking habits, their intensity and nicotine dependence in a family physician’s practice (urban and rural population). An additional aim was to estimate smoking habits in relation to the presence of smoking-related disease, gender, location and motivation to stop smoking.
Material and methods: This study was part of an investigation into the prevalence and severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the same population. Statistical analysis of questionnaires about smoking and history of respiratory diseases, Fagerström’s nicotine dependence test and a motivation to quit test were performed.
Results: Questionnaires were filled in by 1960 subjects (87% of those eligible). There were 29.6% current smokers, 24.9% ex-smokers, and 45.5% never-smokers. There were 39.4% current smokers among men, and 23.3% among women. Current smokers were more numerous in the rural population. 54% of women urban dwellers and 73% of women from rural population never smoked. There were no significant differences in the motivation to stop smoking or in the nicotine dependence among smokers with and without COPD nor according to the severity of COPD.
Conclusions: Smoking habits among the studied population were comparable with national and regional data. The intensity of smoking habits among female town dwellers is especially alarming.

Abstract


Introduction: Poland is the one of the countries in the European Union with the highest prevalence of smokers. The involvement of family physicians in smoking cessation activity could improve this situation. The aim of this study was to estimate smoking habits, their intensity and nicotine dependence in a family physician’s practice (urban and rural population). An additional aim was to estimate smoking habits in relation to the presence of smoking-related disease, gender, location and motivation to stop smoking.
Material and methods: This study was part of an investigation into the prevalence and severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the same population. Statistical analysis of questionnaires about smoking and history of respiratory diseases, Fagerström’s nicotine dependence test and a motivation to quit test were performed.
Results: Questionnaires were filled in by 1960 subjects (87% of those eligible). There were 29.6% current smokers, 24.9% ex-smokers, and 45.5% never-smokers. There were 39.4% current smokers among men, and 23.3% among women. Current smokers were more numerous in the rural population. 54% of women urban dwellers and 73% of women from rural population never smoked. There were no significant differences in the motivation to stop smoking or in the nicotine dependence among smokers with and without COPD nor according to the severity of COPD.
Conclusions: Smoking habits among the studied population were comparable with national and regional data. The intensity of smoking habits among female town dwellers is especially alarming.
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Keywords

tobacco smoking; family physician’s population; questionnaire

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Title

Smoking habits in a family physician’s practice

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 77, No 3 (2009)

Pages

248-255

Published online

2009-04-23

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2009;77(3):248-255.

Keywords

tobacco smoking
family physician’s population
questionnaire

Authors

Janusz Maciejewski
Michał Bednarek
Damian Korzybski
Jan Zieliński

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