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Table 4 Level of importance of perceived barriers to the provision of waterpipe smoking cessation intervention among PCPs

From: Waterpipe smoking cessation: knowledge, barriers, and practices of primary care physicians- a questionnaire-based cross-sectional study

Perceived barrierVery important/importantNeutralNot important
N (%)
Patients are not compliant72 (79.1)5 (5.5)14 (15.4)
Limited training and knowledge on smoking cessation60 (78.7)6 (6.7)13 (14.6)
Lack of available smoking cessation referring clinic or program69 (77.5)11 (12.4)9 (10.1)
Patients are not interested66 (72.5)12 (3.2)13 (14.3)
Lack of time during patient consultation60 (69.8)18 (20.9)8 (9.3)
Patients lack awareness about water pipe harms63 (69.2)9 (9.9)19 (20.9)
Lack of personal knowledge about water pipe smoking cessation61 (67.8)12 (13.3)17 (18.9)
Waterpipe smoking is considered a norm in special places by the community57 (63.3)11 (12.2)22 (24.4)
Lack of knowledge about the harms of waterpipe54 (60.0)11 (12.2)25 (27.8)
Cost of medications and clinic visit53 (58.9)21 (23.3)16 (17.8)
No expected benefit as patients will continue to smoke anyway45 (52.3)20 (23.3)21 (24.4)
The physician smokes29 (38.2)9 (11.8)38 (50.0)