The historical decline of tobacco smoking among Australian physicians: 1964 -1997

Smith, Derek R., and Leggat, Peter A. (2008) The historical decline of tobacco smoking among Australian physicians: 1964 -1997. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 4 (13). pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

Background: Physicians occupy an important position as tobacco control exemplars and their own smoking habits are known to influence how effective they may be in such a role.

Methods: A comprehensive review of all published manuscripts describing tobacco usage rates and tobacco control activities in the Australian medical profession between 1964 and 1997.

Results: Some of the earliest surveys revealed that around one-quarter of Australian physicians were smoking in the mid twentieth century, a rate which rapidly declined in the 1970s and 1980s, with reductions beyond that achieved by the general population.

Conclusion: Overall, our review suggests that not only do contemporary Australian physicians smoke at very low rates when compared internationally, but that an active professional community can also make a real difference to the lifestyle choices of its own members.

Item ID: 7162
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: smoking; occupational health; occupation; public health; Australia; physicians
ISSN: 1617-9625
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2010 03:15
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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