Sunday, July 22, 2007

Not enough doctors advise smokers to butt out: report

From CBC News:
Doctors and other health-care professionals seem to be missing chances to help patients quit smoking, according to a report based on a large Canadian survey.

The 2005 government survey concluded half of smokers who visited health-care providers in the preceding 12 months got advice about quitting, suggesting that doctors, dentists and pharmacists need to take greater advantage of opportunities to provide such advice.

The report was published this week in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a public health journal by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Its findings are based on a Health Canada survey of the smoking habits of more than 20,000 people aged 15 and older that suggested 19 per cent of Canadians smoked in 2005. ...more

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