Attitudes and behaviour of physicians towards smoking in Riyadh
city, Saudi Arabia.
Dept. of Community Health Sciences, College of
Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi
In Riyadh city 698 physicians were studied for their
smoking habits, attitudes and behaviour; 48% were smokers and 34% are
currently smoking. Males smoked significantly more than females
currently and in the past. Smoking prevalence and intensity tended to
decrease with age and quitting periods were longer. More than 60% of the
physicians agreed that smoking is a major contributing factor in the
causation of coronary artery disease, lung cancer and chronic
bronchitis; less than 20% said the same for bladder cancer and neonatal
death. Setting a good example for children was the most important reason
for not smoking.
PMID: 1750134 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]