In the early portion of the study, from 2003 to 2006-2007, smoking prevalences among health care professionals demonstrated no significant declines. However, between 2003 and 2011 the proportion of registered nurses (RNs) who smoke dropped by more than a third. Continued smoking and diminished quitting among licensed practical nurses (LPNs) remains a serious concern.
About the Study:
The study used self-respondent data on health care professionals from the Tobacco Use Supplement for 2003 (n=3877), 2006–2007 (n=3870), and 2010–2011 (n=2975). Physicians, RNs, LPNs, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and dental hygienists were included and analyzed by smoking status: never smokers, former smokers and current smokers.