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

Doctors’ Survey — India

India 🇮🇳


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 lung cancer88%
Nicotine causes atherosclerosis87%
Nicotine causes COPD86%
Nicotine causes head/neck gastric cancers 78%
Nicotine causes birth defects75%
Nicotine causes bladder cancer71%


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

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 smoking80%
Discuss health benefits of quitting to the patient78%
Explain the various methods available to help the patient reduce/quit smoking72%
Recommend cutting down on the amount of smokable tobacco products used71%
Ask how much the patient smokes and for how long71%
Ask about patient’s current use of tobacco or nicotine-containing products other than combustible tobacco products67%
Assist the patient to develop a plan to quit67%
Assess importance of quitting to the patient67%
Record smoking status on the patient chart or record60%
Assess challenges to quitting use of smokable tobacco60%
Assess interest in trying a specific resource/product60%
Advise the patient to quit rather than gradually reduce59%
Discuss smoking at every visit56%
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