A new study has found that the number of smokers being given information or help to quit smoking by their doctors has grown.
Latest figures show that the number of doctors giving smokers information and help to quit has risen to 37%, up by 16% since the survey was last conducted in 1996.
The study is contained in the 10th Quit Evaluation Studies released today. The Evaluation Studies have been produced bi-annually since 1983 by the Anti-Cancer Council's Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer.
The Director of the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Professor David Hill said the study found that the proportion of doctors who have not provided any advice to smokers on their habit as dropped from 39 per cent in 1990 to 29 per cent in 1998.
'Medical practitioners play a very important role in advising their patients to stop smoking, and since eight out of ten adults visit a doctor at least once a year, doctors are in a unique position to help smokers who want to quit.
'The results of this survey show a very promising trend of doctors not only being more active in encouraging smokers to quit, but also in helping them to do that.
'Doctors and other health professionals are the 'front line troops' of public health campaigns encouraging smokers to quit and also have to deal with the myriad of debilitating and deadly health problems caused by smoking related illness.
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