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

Doctors’ Survey — Japan

Japan 🇯🇵


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 atherosclerosis89%
Nicotine causes lung cancer88%
Nicotine causes COPD88%
Nicotine causes head/neck gastric cancers87%
Nicotine causes bladder cancer85%
Nicotine causes birth defects71%


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?”

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

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 smoking67%
Discuss health benefits of quitting to the patient65%
Assess importance of quitting to the patient61%
Ask how much the patient smokes and for how long54%
Record smoking status on the patient chart or record51%
Advise the patient to quit rather than gradually reduce51%
Explain the various methods available to help the patient reduce/quit smoking51%
Assist the patient to develop a plan to quit42%
Recommend cutting down on the amount of smokable tobacco products used40%
Discuss smoking at every visit38%
Assess challenges to quitting use of smokable tobacco33%
Ask about patient’s current use of tobacco or nicotine-containing products other than combustible tobacco products33%
Assess interest in trying a specific resource/product32%
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