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

Doctors’ Survey — United States

United States 🇺🇸


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 atherosclerosis75%
Nicotine causes birth defects72%
Nicotine causes head/neck gastric cancers69%
Nicotine causes bladder cancer69%
Nicotine causes lung cancer67%
Nicotine causes COPD66%


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
Prescription medication for smoking cessation
Social or family support
Referral to smoking cessation clinics
Psychological/psychiatric counseling or therapy
Cold turkey (suddenly quitting with no other help)
Alternative therapy
Chewing/sucking/dipping forms of tobacco products
Electronic nicotine delivery system/ecig
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 patient74%
Discuss health risks related to continued smoking74%
Ask how much the patient smokes and for how long72%
Record smoking status on the patient chart or record70%
Explain the various methods available to help the patient reduce/quit smoking 70%
Assess importance of quitting to the patient69%
Recommend cutting down on the amount of smokable tobacco products used65%
Assess interest in trying a specific resource/product64%
Assist the patient to develop a plan to quit63%
Ask about patient’s current use of tobacco or nicotine-containing products other than combustible tobacco products56%
Assess challenges to quitting use of smokable tobacco56%
Discuss smoking at every visit51%
Advise the patient to quit rather than gradually reduce48%
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