The health risks of smoking tobacco should be well known to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers.

Numerous studies have confirmed that smoking is associated with elevated risks of cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancers of the lung, esophagus, stomach, kidney, and bladder. In a study of healthcare profession, licensed practical nurses and respiratory therapists had the highest smoking prevalence in 2006-2007 (20.5% and 19.3%, respectively), according to a report in Nictotine & Tobacco Research (2010;12:1167-1171).

The prevalence was 10.7% among registered nurses and 2.3% among physicians. The findings were based on data from the Tobacco Use Supplement-Current Population Surveys.

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