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Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia

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GUAZZELLI, Adriano Cesar; TERRA FILHO, Mário  and  FISS, Elie. Smoking among physicians in a specific region of the greater metropolitan area of São Paulo. J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2005, vol.31, n.6, pp.516-522. ISSN 1806-3756.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of and describe the methods used to control the smoking habit among a geographically-specific population of physicians. METHODS: Questionnaires were distributed to physicians practicing in a region of the greater metropolitan area of São Paulo area known as the "ABC Paulista" (comprising the municipalities of Santo Andre, São Bernardo and São Caetano), and completed questionnaires were received from 678 physicians, all registered with the São Paulo State Regional Council of Medicine. RESULTS: Of the 678 responding physicians, 58 (8.6%) were smokers, 183 (27.0%) were former smokers, and 437 (64.5%) were nonsmokers. No gender-based differences were found. Nor were there any significant differences in prevalence based on medical specialty. Most of the smokers had tried to stop smoking. Among the smokers, cessation methods were used by 7%: nicotine replacement therapy by 4.3%; and acupuncture by 2.7%. Most of the former smokers (88.1%) had successfully quit smoking without using any cessation methods. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of smoking among physicians in the ABC Paulista region was 8.6%. In this region, the majority of physicians who quit smoking did so without the aid of smoking cessation methods. Among those who did use such methods, nicotine replacement therapy was the method of choice.

Keywords : Prevalence; Smoking; Physicians; Smoking cessation.

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