Cigarette smoking among Polish medical students
Despite widespread knowledge about the risks of tobacco smoking, nearly half of the adults in Poland continue to smoke (Zatonski, 1995). Moreover, at the beginning of 1990s, the cigarette consumption among adults was the highest in the world (World Health Organization, 1997). Health-care professionals can play an important role in supporting smoking cessation, as physicians are uniquely placed to aid people who smoke. They are also important role models of appropriate health behaviour, so that smoking by physicians undermines the message to patients about the adverse health effects of smoking (Dawleyet al., 1981) and makes tobacco control more difficult. Most physicians are not trained to treat patients who are addicted to nicotine (Wechsler et al., 1983). One reason is that only 8% of medical faculties in Europe and none in Poland have specific teaching modules on tobacco (Crofton et al., 1996).
KeywordsMedical Student Nicotine Dependence Occasional Smoker Support Smoking Cessation Daily Cigarette Smoking
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