Smoking behaviour and attitudes of doctors in a university hospital in Istanbul

Ertugrul E., Erkan F., Cuhadaroglu Ç.

Journal of Smoking-Related Disorders, vol.5, no.3, pp.177-181, 1994 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Title of Journal : Journal of Smoking-Related Disorders
  • Page Numbers: pp.177-181
  • Keywords: Doctors, Smoking prevalence


This study was designed to assess the smoking behaviour, knowledge and attitudes of doctors in a university hospital in Istanbul. A World Health Organization (WHO)-based questionnaire was completed by 76% (484) of doctors canvassed, 71.9% of whom were male and 28.1% female. Combining daily with occasional smoking, the prevalence of smoking (both sexes combined) was 35.7% and 19.8% were ex-smokers. Among female doctors, 26.7% smoke, while 39.4% of male doctors smoke. Serious attempts to quit had been made by 63.6% of smokers, while 30.9% thought that they would no longer be smoking in five years' time. When taking a history, 48.1% of doctors always ask about smoking, but 64.4% always advise their patients to quit. Only 40.8% believed that their education about the effect of tobacco on health was sufficient. Smoking prevalence among male doctors is higher than among female doctors. There is a need for more detailed education about the effects of tobacco on health. More doctors should always ask about smoking when taking a medical history and counsel patients who smoke to quit. Half of the doctors surveyed supported the idea of a smoke-free hospital, whereas only 2.3% were against any kind of restriction in hospital.