Public health officials in Milan, Italy, have called for urgent steps to reduce the number of health care professionals who smoke after a survey found that 44% of new medical students were current smokers. The urgency was stated because high levels of smoking among health care professionals undermines the credibility of anti smoking campaigns.
Absolutely right it does!
It actually tells us that the medical students are fully aware of dose response relationships, statistical correlations and health scare junk science. A smoking rate twice as high as the general population also tells us that anti smoking propaganda doesn’t work on people who are educated in the subject.