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Not Enough Smokers Find Quit Support at the Doctor's Office
Date:3/31/2009

from their HCP, even though so few were given resources to quit and all of them remained smokers.(1)

The survey also revealed a disconnect between smokers' perceptions of how their HCP can help in the quitting process and their actions in actually starting a conversation with them. While 83 percent of smokers who want to quit in the next 30 days said they would feel comfortable asking for help, just 53 percent of this group actually asked their HCP for quitting assistance.(1)

These survey findings also identified the following barriers to smokers seeking and getting support for a quit attempt:

  • Only about half of survey respondents (52%) said they think an HCP should help them quit smoking.(1)
  • Nearly half of smokers surveyed (45%) said they are very concerned or concerned about their personal health.(1)
  • While talking to their HCP about smoking, 54 percent of respondents felt the negative emotions of guilt, uneasiness, annoyance, pressure or embarrassment, while just 28 percent reported the positive feelings of motivation, pleasure, or confidence.(1)

"It's clear from this survey that we need to change the way people think about quitting, and help them realize that nicotine addiction is a chronic medical problem that can be overcome with assistance from a health care provider," added Dr. Healton.

To learn more about quitting smoking and to download a discussion guide on how to start an effective dialogue about quitting with a health care provider, visit http://www.becomeanex.org/pdf/PatientDiscussionGuide.pdf. This survey was supported by a sponsorship from Pfizer Inc.

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