Physician Conversations Have A Positive Impact On Tobacco Use

Every day approximately 1,000 U.S. teens become daily smokers.

However, a study of 5,154 students, “Physician Communication Regarding Smoking and Adolescent Tobacco Use,” in the June 2011 issue of Pediatrics (published online May 16), found that physicians who talk about the dangers of smoking with their patients had a positive impact on the teens’ knowledge of the effects of smoking, tobacco use, intentions to quit and successful quitting.

Smoking teens

Smoking teens

Intentions to smoke in five years were lower among smokers who discussed their habit with the physician.

Those who do smoke were more likely to plan on quitting and make more attempts at quitting.

The authors conclude that this study underscores the value and benefits of physician communication regarding smoking for teens.

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