According to a press release from Oxford University Press, about two-thirds of the participants reported that their smoking patients ask them about e-cigarettes, and 58 percent of the doctors say they ask their smoking patients about using e-cigarettes.
Just 85 percent of the doctors report frequently advising their patients to quit smoking, but about two-thirds frequently provide cessation assistance to patients. If patients ask whether they recommend e-cigs to quit smoking, just 30 percent said they would, and 21 percent recommend against vaping. Asked whether they would recommend e-cigarettes to reduce smoking, 37 percent approved.
Surgical specialists were less likely to recommend vaping to their patients, though the study posits that this may be because nicotine is known to inhibit healing of wounds. Another possible explanation is that surgeons don’t see their smoking patients frequently. General practitioners and pulmonologists are more likely to witness the real effects smoking has over time.