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Smoking among Buddhist monks in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  1. MARSHALL T S SMITH,
  2. TAKUSEI UMENAI
  1. Department of Health Policy and Planning
  2. Graduate School of International Health
  3. Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo
  4. Tokyo, Japan
  5. Smith: marshall@m.u-tokyo.ac.jp

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    Editor,—According to existing studies, Buddhist monks can have an impact on smoking cessation in a given population.1 2 It is because of their influence that Buddhist monks in Phnom Penh, Cambodia were selected for a study of their knowledge, attitudes, and practices concerning tobacco, with the long term objective of developing ways of enlisting their support in tobacco control efforts in Cambodia.

    The 30 cluster survey method was employed, wherein all of the temples in the city were listed and, according to the number of monks residing at them, 30 sites were randomly selected for interviewing from seven to 11 monks each for a total of 318 interviews. Questions were designed to reflect the potentially sensitive issue of smoking among religious practitioners. There were no cases of interview refusal.

    When all 318 respondents were asked, “Do you want to quit smoking?” 44% …

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