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Smoking Rates Still Low for Most Health Care Professionals

Posted on Wed, Jan 15, 2014
Smoking Rates Still Low for Most Health Care Professionals

Pattern persists with rates lowest in physicians (2 percent), highest in LPNs (25 percent)

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with 2006 to 2007, smoking rates among health care professionals for 2010 to 2011 continue to be lowest in physicians and highest in licensed practical nurses (LPNs), according to a research letter published in the Jan. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on tobacco control.

Linda Sarna, Ph.D., R.N., of the University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues analyzed public data to compare changes in the prevalence of smoking among health care professionals for 2003, 2006 to 2007, and 2010 to 2011.

According to the results of a 2010 to 2011 survey of 2,975 health care professionals, 8.34 percent reported being current smokers. The researchers note that current smoking rates were lowest in physicians (1.95 percent) and highest in LPNs (24.99 percent). Registered nurses were the only group with a significant decline in smoking rates for 2010 to 2011 (7.09 percent) compared with 2006 to 2007 (10.73 percent) or 2003 (11.14 percent).

"The majority of health care professionals continued as never smokers," the authors write. "In 2010 to 2011, current smoking among these health care professionals, excepting licensed practical nurses, was lower than the general population (16.08 percent)."

One author disclosed financial ties to Pfizer.

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Watch highlights from EmCare's 26th Annual Leadership Conference!

Posted on Tue, Jun 11, 2013

One of the many benefits of being an EmCare-affiliated clinician is attending EmCare's annual leadership conference. The conference is a three-day event filled with continuing medical education and fun for EmCare-affiliated clinicians.

This year’s conference featured three keynote speakers: Dr. Kent Bottles, Nathan Kaufman, and Barry Maher. Along with informative keynotes, physicians had a chance to attend numerous breakout sessions focused on today's hot health care topics and network with colleagues.

Watch the video below to hear what physicians who attended this year's leadership conference had to say about the event!