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- Nearly 1 out of 7 U.S. adolescents is a current cigarette smoker by the time they leave high school. 1
- Although almost one third of adolescents who saw a healthcare provider in the past month were advised to quit or avoid tobacco,2 research on the influence of provider advice on quit attempts among adolescent smokers has shown mixed results. 3
- These results may be due to selection bias—adolescent smokers who get advice may be different from those who do not on a range of factors including age of initiation, smoking frequency, attitudes toward smoking, exposure to other anti-tobacco messages, and number of smoking friends.
- Additionally, the effects of provider advice on quit attempts may be different between the stages of adolescence, namely early adolescence (ages 11-13), mid adolescence (ages 14-16) and late adolescence (ages 17-18), as studies have shown for parental advice not to smoke.4
1) Does healthcare provider advice make adolescent smokers more likely to try to quit smoking?
2) Does the effect of health care provider advice on adolescent smoker quit attempts vary among the different stages of adolescence?
Health care providers advice not to smoke and quit attempts among mid-adolescent smokers, poster, Jefferson College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University
McIntire, PhD, MPH, Russell K., "Health care providers advice not to smoke and quit attempts among mid-adolescent smokers" (2016). Jefferson College of Population Health Posters. 2.