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

Doctors’ Survey — United Kingdom

United Kingdom 🇬🇧


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 atherosclerosis65%
Nicotine causes birth defects61%
Nicotine causes lung cancer60%
Nicotine causes COPD59%
Nicotine causes head/neck gastric cancers59%
Nicotine causes bladder cancer56%


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
Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy
Prescription medication for smoking cessation
Social or family support
Electronic nicotine delivery system/ecig
Chewing/sucking/dipping forms of tobacco products
Psychological/psychiatric counseling or therapy
Cold turkey (suddenly quitting with no other help)
Alternative therapy
Withdrawal app
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 benefits of quitting to the patient79%
Discuss health risks related to continued smoking78%
Record smoking status on the patient chart or record77%
Ask how much the patient smokes and for how long73%
Explain the various methods available to help the patient reduce/quit smoking68%
Assess importance of quitting to the patient64%
Recommend cutting down on the amount of smokable tobacco products used62%
Assess interest in trying a specific resource/productDiscuss smoking at every visit56%
Ask about patient’s current use of tobacco or nicotine-containing products other than combustible tobacco products51%
ess challenges to quitting use of smokable tobacco49%
Advise the patient to quit rather than gradually reduce48%
Assist the patient to develop a plan to quit43%
Discuss smoking at every visit30%
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