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Table 1 Demographic and other characteristics of survey sample, Guangxi, China 2013 (n = 504)

From: Chinese pediatrician beliefs about counseling and medications for parents who smoke: a survey in southern China

Variables N %
Demographic and work environment characteristics
Gender
Male 182 36
Female 322 64
Age
20-30 215 43
31-40 159 31
41-50 89 18
Above 50 41 8
Physician type
Resident Physician 223 45
Attending Physician 151 30
Associate Chief Physician 88 17
Chief Physician 42 8
Number of years studied at medical school
5 Years 388 77
More than 5 years 116 23
Tobacco use related characteristics
Smoking status
Current smoker 82 17
Nonsmoker 400 83
Use other forms of tobacco
No 480 95
Yes 24 5
Heard about e-cigarettes
No 178 35
Yes 326 65
Exposed to SHS regularly*
No 247 54
Yes 211 46
Received cigarettes as gift or gave cigarettes as gifts to others
No 423 84
Yes 81 16
Hospital policy characteristics
Have smoke-free policy in the hospital
No policy 8 2
Have policy 496 98
Hospital have any policy to advise smokers to quit
No 219 43
Yes 285 57
Training and work attitudes
Received formal training in smoking cessation
No 399 81
Yes 96 19
Have read China smoking cessation guidelines
No 322 64
Yes 77 15
Never heard about it 105 21
Have read international (i.e. US, UK) smoking cessation guidelines
No 359 71
Yes 36 7
Never heard about it 109 22
Other international guidelines are useful
No 4 10
Yes 31 78
Not Sure 5 12
Believe about the professional responsibility to discuss smoking cessation
Pediatricians 229 25
Nurses 160 18
The parent’s primary care doctor 379 41
Others 150 16
Level of confidence discussing smoking cessation or SHS exposure reduction with patients’ parents
Not at all confident 66 13
Somewhat confident 316 63
Very confident 122 24
Beliefs regarding effectiveness of physician counseling for smoking cessation
Agree/strongly agree 304 60
Disagree/strongly disagree 200 40
Beliefs regarding effectiveness of pharmacological treatment for smoking cessation
Agree/strongly agree 266 53
Disagree/strongly disagree 238 47
Lack of professional training in the area of tobacco cessation counseling is a major barrier
Yes 455 94
No 27 6
  1. Note: Due to the missing values in some variables, the total number may not equal to the same. *exposed to SHS for more than 15 minutes daily for more than 1 day in the past week.