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Evidence to Support Oral Health Promotion Services Targeted to Smokers Calling US Tobacco Quitlines

Friday, May 10, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
McClure JB, Riggs K, St. John J, Catz SL. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:336

This study follows a previous one that demonstrated a need and opportunity to target smokers calling a quitline to provide behavioral counseling for oral health promotion to see if the results held for quitline callers of higher socioeconomic status receiving services through commercially-funded quitlines. Results showed that callers to a commercially-funded quitline had higher socioeconomic status, were more likely to have dental insurance, and reported better overall oral health indicators and routine self-care than callers to a state-funded quitline. But opportunities for oral health promotion still existed. The authors concluded that future public oral health promotion efforts should focus on callers to both free state-supported and commercially-funded tobacco quitlines. Both groups reported behavioral risk factors for oral disease which represent important targets for intervention.

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