Reported cessation advice given to African Americans by health care providers in a community health clinic

Kathryn I. Pollak*, Babafemi Taiwo, Pauline Lyna, Mary Baldwin, Isaac M. Lipkus, Gerold Bepler, Colleen M. McBride

*Corresponding author for this work

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Physician smoking cessation advice has been shown to be effective in encouraging patients to attempt cessation. Few studies have examined factors associated with patient-reported physician advice in an inner city community health clinic. Smokers identified via chart review and provider referral met with a study "smoking specialist." Eligible participants self-identified as African American, smoked at least 1 cigarette per day in the prior 7 days, were 18 or older, had access to a telephone, and agreed to consider blood testing for genetic susceptibility to lung cancer. Of the 869 smokers identified, 487 were eligible and completed a brief in-person and a more extensive follow-up telephone survey within one week after their visit. Patient reports of smoking cessation advice by providers were regressed on patient demographic, smoking, health, and social support variables. Seventy percent of participants reported that they had been advised to quit smoking. Smokers who were older, did not smoke menthol cigarettes, were in poorer health, and who had a regular health care provider were most likely to report having received advice. Patients in this community health setting reported high rates of provider advice to quit smoking. Yet, even in this optimal condition, young healthy smokers did not report receiving advice, even when they were ready to quit smoking. Providers may need additional training and prompting to counsel young healthy smokers about the importance of cessation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-393
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Community Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2002


  • African American smokers
  • Community health clinic
  • Health care providers
  • Smoking cessation advice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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