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August 22/29, 2001

Smoking Among Japanese Physicians—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(8):917. doi:10.1001/jama.286.8.917

In Reply: We emphasized smoking prevalence by age and birth cohort. Although not reported, we did collect data on smoking prevalence among Japanese physicians by specialty. We did not consider medical students in the study.

In our survey, data on smoking prevalence among Japanese physicians by specialty were: internal medicine: men, 24.2% (n = 1156) and women, 6.9% (n = 538); pulmonary medicine: men, 18.9% (n = 159) and women, 2.0% (n = 49); cardiovascular medicine: men, 20.0% (n = 260) and women, 3.1% (n = 64); surgery: men, 32.5% (n = 403) and women, 13.0% (n = 23); orthopedics: men, 26.9% (n = 238) and women, 7.7% (n = 13); pediatrics: men, 24.2% (n = 293) and women, 8.1% (n = 270); obstetrics and gynecology: men, 26.2% (n = 187) and women, 3.8% (n = 104); psychiatry: men, 32.7% (n = 101) and women, 3.4% (n = 59); dermatology: men, 22.7% (n = 128) and women, 5.9% (n = 135); urology: men, 38.7% (n = 75) and women, 0% (n = 3); ophthalmology: men, 27.3% (n = 88) and women, 8.5% (n = 188); otolaryngology: men, 33.3% (n = 84) and women, 6.8% (n = 73); other specialties: men, 21.6% (n = 250) and women, 7.1% (n = 98).

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