Spop2.1 What Do Smokers Really Fear? A Survey Of Behaviour, Knowledge And Attitude To Cigarette Smoking Among Visitors To A Primary Care Clinic In Israel

Author(s): 
O. Blumenfeld1, J. Yaphe2
1 Department of Family Medicine, Meir Medical centre, Petah Tikva, Israel
2 Department of Family Medicine, Rabin Medical centre, Petah Tikva, Israel
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Objective.
The aim of this study is to find out whether there is a connection between smokers’ knowledge of cigarette hazards and their intention to quit smoking.
Methods.
A cross-sectional survey assessing the smoking behaviour, attitude and knowledge of visitors to primary care clinic in Israel was conducted using a questionnaire.
Results.
Completed questionnaires were received from 280 subjects. 117 (42%) out of the subjects were current smokers, 126 (45%) did not smoke and 37 (13%) were former smokers. Past attempts at quitting were the most powerful predictors of future intention to quit smoking (p Conclusion.
Knowledge is a major factor contributing to smokers’ intention to quit smoking. Practice Implications: Enhancing the awareness of smoking hazards, such as fertility and erectile dysfunction, may be useful and effective in primary care physicians’ counselling and intervention, especially if targeted towards those who have already made previous efforts to quit smoking.
Literature: 
SPOP2.1 WHAT DO SMOKERS REALLY FEAR? A SURVEY OF BEHAVIOUR, KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TO CIGARETTE SMOKING AMONG VISITORS TO A PRIMARY CARE CLINIC IN ISRAEL