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Br J Gen Pract. 2002 February; 52(475): 132–134.
PMCID: PMC1314219

Comparison of the smoking behaviour and attitudes of smokers who attribute respiratory symptoms to smoking with those who do not.


General practitioners' (GPs') advice against smoking helps smokers to stop; unfortunately, GPs cannot predict which patients will quit following advice. This postal questionnaire survey suggests that where smokers attribute their respiratory symptoms to smoking, they are eight times (95% confidence interval [CI] = 3.0-23.3) more likely to believe that their health will improve if they stop smoking and six times (95% CI = 1.4-23.3) more likely to intend to stop smoking.

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