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

Doctors’ Survey — Israel

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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 atherosclerosis71%
Nicotine causes bladder cancer69%
Nicotine causes lung cancer69%
Nicotine causes birth defects68%
Nicotine causes COPD66%
Nicotine causes head/neck gastric cancers65%


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?”

Referral to smoking cessation clinics
Prescription medication for smoking cessation
Social or family support
Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy
Psychological/psychiatric counseling or therapy
Cold turkey (suddenly quitting with no other help)
Withdrawal app
Chewing/sucking/dipping forms of tobacco products
Alternative therapy
Electronic nicotine delivery system/ecig
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 smoking73%
Discuss health benefits of quitting to the patient70%
Ask how much the patient smokes and for how long67%
Assess importance of quitting to the patient64%
Explain the various methods available to help the patient reduce/quit smoking63%
Record smoking status on the patient chart or record53%
Advise the patient to quit rather than gradually reduce53%
Assist the patient to develop a plan to quit45%
Recommend cutting down on the amount of smokable tobacco products used44%
Assess challenges to quitting use of smokable tobacco43%
Assess interest in trying a specific resource/product35%
Discuss smoking at every visit34%
Ask about patient’s current use of tobacco or nicotine-containing products other than combustible tobacco products32%
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