Doctor's Survey 2022 — China - Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Doctors’ Survey — China

China 🇨🇳


Physicians Have Misperceptions About Nicotine

Participants were asked: “To what extent do you agree that nicotine by itself directly causes each of the smoking-related conditions below: Lung cancer, Bladder cancer, Head/neck/gastric cancers, Atherosclerosis, Birth defects, COPD.” The results include responses from “moderately agree” to “completely agree.”

Nicotine causes atherosclerosis92%
Nicotine causes COPD 92%
Nicotine causes lung cancer91%
Nicotine causes head/neck gastric cancers82%
Nicotine causes birth defects80%
Nicotine causes bladder cancer78%


of respondents are interested in taking training on how to help their patients who smoke combustible tobacco products by reducing quitting smoking.


of physicians feel like helping patients quit smoking is a priority.

Participants were asked: “Which of the following interventions or methods to aid your patients with smoking reduction/cessation do you typically recommend or prescribe to your patients who want to reduce or quit smoking?”

Social or family support
Psychological/psychiatric counseling or therapy
Referral to smoking cessation clinics
Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy
Alternative therapy
Prescription medication for smoking cessation
Chewing/sucking/dipping forms of tobacco products
Electronic nicotine delivery system/ecig
Withdrawal app
Heated tobacco products
Cold turkey (suddenly quitting with no other help)

Participants were asked: “Which of the following topics do you typically discuss or take action with your patients who smoke combustible forms of tobacco, regardless of other conditions they may have?”

Discuss health risks related to continued smoking63%
Discuss health benefits of quitting to the patient63%
Assess importance of quitting to the patient58%
Ask how much the patient smokes and for how long56%
Record smoking status on the patient chart or record54%
Advise the patient to quit rather than gradually reduce53%
Explain the various methods available to help the patient reduce/quit smoking52%
Assist the patient to develop a plan to quit48%
Recommend cutting down on the amount of smokable tobacco products used47%
Ask about patient’s current use of tobacco or nicotine-containing products other than combustible tobacco products42%
Assess interest in trying a specific resource/product41%
Assess challenges to quitting use of smokable tobacco39%
Discuss smoking at every visit36%
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