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Table 2 Shows agreement with the main statement and with the pre-set arguments pro et contra this statement

From: “Right to recommend, wrong to require”- an empirical and philosophical study of the views among physicians and the general public on smoking cessation as a condition for surgery

  All physicians: General Public:
Proportion agreed (n) Proportion found this argument most important Proportion agreed (n) Proportion found this argument most important
Response to main statement (“It is right, in a case such as this, to make surgery conditional upon smoking cessation four weeks prior to and after surgery”) 83.9% (386) Not applicable 86.6% (226) Not applicable
Arguments pro the main claim Because of risk for complications due to smoking 94.2% (436) 73.4% (246) 93.5% (244) 59.8% (116)
Because it is in the patient’s own interest to stop smoking altogether 65.9% (302) 4.8% (16) 72.0% (185) 10.3% (20)
(Respondent’s own argument) 16.2% (75) 0.9% (3) 14.6% (38) 2.1% (4)
Arguments contra the main claim Because the patient, if well informed, should be allowed to decide for himself 39.4% (181) 8.1% (27) 50% (128) 11.9% (23)
Because smoking is important to this patient’s life quality 32.5% (150) 7.2% (24) 37.1% (96) 7.7% (15)
(Respondent’s own argument) 17.8% (82) 4.2% (14) 19.1% (50) 5.7% (11)