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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
Use of Propensity Score Matching to Identify a Strong Association Between Health Care Provider Advice Not to Smoke and Quit Attempts Among Mid-Adolescent Smokers, poster, Jefferson College of Population Health
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McIntire, PhD, MPH, Russell K., "Use of Propensity Score Matching to Identify a Strong Association Between Health Care Provider Advice Not to Smoke and Quit Attempts Among Mid-Adolescent Smokers" (2016). College of Population Health Posters. 3.