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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 of print]
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.

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