Attitudes towards smoking and tobacco control among pre-clinical medical students in Malaysia.

Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2012 Aug;16(8):1126-8. Epub 2012 Jun 5.


Tee GH, Hairi NN, Hairi F.


Institute for Public Health, National Institutes of Health, Ministry of Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Physicians should play a leading role in combatting smoking; information on attitudes of future physicians towards tobacco control measures in a middle-income developing country is limited. Of 310 future physicians surveyed in a medical school in Malaysia, 50% disagreed that it was a doctor's duty to advise smokers to stop smoking; 76.8% agreed that physicians should not smoke before advising others not to smoke; and 75% agreed to the ideas of restricting the sale of cigarettes to minors, making all public places smoke-free and banning advertising of tobacco-related merchandise. Future physicians had positive attitudes towards tobacco regulations but had not grasped their responsibilities in tobacco control measures.


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