Challenges in smoking prevention among healthcare workers


  • Shada Murshed Alharbi Aziziyah Primary Healthcare Center, Ministry of Health, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Mona Moneer AlTurki Endocrine and Diabetes Center, King Abdulaziz Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Alwaleed Khalid Almutib College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
  • Esraa Jamel Subahi Department of Family Medicine, Ibn Sina Hospital, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Raghda Khaled Tayeb College of Medicine, Ibn Sina National College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Maha Nahi Alruwaili Department of Internal Medicine, King Abdulaziz Specialist Hospital, Al-Jouf, Saudi Arabia
  • Abrar Talal Alatiyyah College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al Hofuf, Saudi Arabia
  • Mohammed Talib Alali College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al Hofuf, Saudi Arabia
  • Ibrahim Mohsen Alsuhaymi College of Medicine, Baha University, Albaha, Saudi Arabia
  • Mohammed Ali Alzahrani College of Medicine, Baha University, Albaha, Saudi Arabia
  • Saja Jamal Bantan Department of Emergency Medicine, King Fahad General Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia



Smoking, Intervention, Cessation, HCWs, Healthcare workers


Many diseases have been reported in association with smoking, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. Healthcare workers (HCWs) play an essential role in such campaigns being in the first-line of management of the corresponding patients. Therefore, it is essential to investigate the smoking status among HCWs to make sure adequate interventions are appropriately delivered to their patients. Unfortunately, different studies in the literature indicate that the prevalence of smoking is high among HCWs. Furthermore, adopting restricting policies against smoking has been reported to be of limited efficacy in reducing the frequency of smoking. Therefore, other pharmacological therapies have been proposed. However, the duration of the effectiveness of these modalities does not allow for favorable long-term outcomes. Accordingly, psychological interventions, web-based campaigns, and person-to-person interviews can be the most appropriate modalities to achieve better outcomes. Further investigations are still needed for further validation of the most optimal and suitable intervention.


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How to Cite

Alharbi, S. M., AlTurki, M. M., Almutib, A. K., Subahi, E. J., Tayeb, R. K., Alruwaili, M. N., Alatiyyah, A. T., Alali, M. T., Alsuhaymi, I. M., Alzahrani, M. A., & Bantan, S. J. (2021). Challenges in smoking prevention among healthcare workers. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 8(12), 6081–6085.



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