10 Percent of Smokers Don’t Tell Doctor They’re Lighting Up

An estimated 10 percent of smokers don’t tell their doctor they are lighting up, a new survey reveals. That translates into more than six million people who don’t tell their doctor they smoke, according to MSNBC.

Some smokers may be reluctant to discuss their smoking because of its increasing stigma. The survey found 42 percent of people who didn’t discuss their smoking with their doctor said it was because they were ashamed.

The growth in bans on public smoking and the increase in smoke-free workplaces may be unintentionally making smokers feel less willing to talk about smoking with their doctor, said Cheryl G. Healton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Legacy, the organization that conducted the study.

“Health care providers play a critical role in reaching smokers with appropriate messages and resources for quitting, especially now that insurance coverage has expanded to include some smoking cessation treatments. It becomes a missed public health opportunity if what amounts to more than six million smokers in the United States do not talk to doctors and nurses about smoking and quitting,” Healton said in a news release.

The group has developed a guide for health care providers that provides strategies on how to conduct more productive conversations with their patients about smoking and quitting.

The online survey of 3,146 smokers and former smokers was funded in part by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

One Response to 10 Percent of Smokers Don’t Tell Doctor They’re Lighting Up

  1. Fred | March 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    My guess would be more like 80% don’t tell doctors anything anymore. Its all about keeping anything not PC from your doctor these days now that the federal government is in the health business.

    100% of my intimidate family smokes and 100% of them lie to their doctors. We will not tolerate the invasion of privacy anymore.

    Guess its only “My body my choice” when it comes to killing a baby.

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