Physician Advice on Avoiding Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Referrals for Smoking Cessation Services.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Kruger j, Trosclair A,
Rosenthal A, Babb S, Rodes RM. Tob Induc Dis. 2012 Jul 2;10(1):10. [Epub ahead
This study examined primary care provider advice regarding SHS exposure and
referral to cessation programs using data from the DocStyles survey. Results
showed that among a convenience sample of primary care providers, 94.9%
encouraged parents to protect children from SHS exposure, 86.1% encouraged
smokers to make their homes and cars smoke-free, and 77.4% encouraged
nonsmokers to avoid SHS exposure. 44% usually or always referred tobacco-using
patients to cessation programs such as a quitline, group cessation class, or
one-on-one counseling. The authors conclude by encouraging healthcare providers
to advise patients to avoid SHS exposure and refer patients using tobacco
products to cessation services.