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Factors associated with desire to quit smoking among Estonian physicians: Cross-sectional data of 2002 and 2014
Mariliis Põld 1  
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University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Publish date: 2018-07-18
Submission date: 2017-12-29
Final revision date: 2018-06-29
Acceptance date: 2018-07-06
 
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2018;4(July):29
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Introduction:
Smoking is a major health threat and quitting smoking would be a notable benefit. The aim of the present study was to explore factors associated with desire to quit smoking among Estonian physicians in 2002 and 2014.

Methods:
Self-reported data of current smokers were drawn from Estonian physicians’ cross-sectional postal surveys in 2002 (n=322) and 2014 (n=189). A logistic regression model was used to analyse the association between desire to quit smoking and factors related to smoking behaviour among ‘current smokers’.

Results:
The prevalence of desire to quit smoking among physicians was 55.3% in 2002 and 52.9% in 2014. Physicians who were concerned about harms of smoking, had higher odds for desire to quit compared with those who were not concerned (OR=9.06; 95% CI: 4.15–19.74). Compared to physicians with no quit attempts, odds for desire to give up smoking were significantly higher among physicians with quit attempts. Wish to set a good example was significantly associated with desire to quit (OR=2.38; 95% CI: 1.12–5.09). Compared to specialist doctors, dentists had higher odds for desire to quit smoking (OR=2.42; 95% CI: 1.25–4.69).

Conclusions:
More than half of Estonian smoking physicians expressed the desire to quit. Desire to quit was associated with concern about harms of smoking, number of previous quit attempts, setting a good example, and medical specialty. The findings suggest that there is a need for smoking cessation counselling services that are addressed, especially for physicians in Estonia.

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Mariliis Põld   
University of Tartu, Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu, Estonia
 
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