Understanding Why Health Care Professionals Continue to Smoke

Authors: Young, Crystal; Kornegay, Kathryn

Source: Journal of Addictions Nursing, 21 January 2004, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 31-35(5)


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This phenomenological study of the lived experience of eight health care workers who continue to smoke in spite of familiarity with the associated health risks, identifies five themes. The themes suggest that in addition to being aware of health risks associated with smoking, health care workers experience conflict regarding the double message they give clients by advising them not to smoke, while still smoking themselves. In addition, the themes suggest that concerns about withdrawal, use of rationalizations, stress associated with the workplace, and lack of a perceived adequate incentive to quit influence continued smoking.

Keywords: Addiction; Attitudes; Beliefs; Emergency Medical Services; Paramedic; Phenomenology; Registered Nurses; Respiratory Therapist; Smoking; Smoking Cessation; Stress; Substance Abuse

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10884600490279435

Affiliations: Southeast Missouri State University, Department of Nursing, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA

Publication date: January 21, 2004

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