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Background. Central Statistical Office data indicate a decrease in number of smoking men from 47.3% to 38.0% and smoking women from 24.4% to 23.1%. Objectives. The aim of the study was analyze factors affecting nicotine addiction and analyze motivation for quit addiction among women hospitalized because of surgical reasons in our ward. Material and methods. 300 randomly chosen patients aged 20-85 treated in our ward from January to August 2010 were included in this research. Patients fulfilled anonymous questionnaire including questions concerning demographic data and Fagerstroem's and Schneider's tests. Participation in the research was voluntary. Results. 32% of patients admitted nicotine addiction, 6% gave up smoking. The rest of patients declared that they have never smoked tobacco. Strong nicotine addiction was observed in 56% of women, moderate - by 34%, mild - by 10%. 40% of patients declared will of giving up smoking. Conclusions. 1. Great number of women smoke tobacco. 2. Great number of women present strong nicotine dependence. 3. Small number of women declare will of giving up smoking. © Copyright by Wydawnictwo Continuo.

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