Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 590–592 | Cite as

National Estimates of Advice to Quit and Child-Focused Smoking Counseling Provided to Parents Who Smoke

  • Maya Venkataramani
  • Barry S. Solomon
  • Tina L. Cheng
  • Craig Evan Pollack
Concise Research Reports


Parents who smoke place both themselves and their children at increased risk for developing multiple health problems,1 and both adult and pediatric clinical practice guidelines recommend that healthcare providers counsel parents who smoke regarding smoking cessation.2,3 Advice from healthcare providers may focus on the harms towards a parent’s own health, but may also highlight the deleterious effects of secondhand smoke exposure on children. The extent to which parents who smoke receive these different counseling messages remains largely unknown. Using nationally representative data, we characterized how often parents receive certain types of counseling from healthcare providers and factors correlated with counseling receipt.


We analyzed data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), a nationally representative survey of the non-institutionalized US population, from 2010 to 2014. We included primary respondents ages 18 to 64 who were self-reported smokers...


smoking cessation family health ambulatory care 


Funding Information

M. Venkataramani was supported by an institutional National Research Service Award (T32HP10025B0) during the completion of this work.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maya Venkataramani
    • 1
  • Barry S. Solomon
    • 2
  • Tina L. Cheng
    • 3
  • Craig Evan Pollack
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of General Internal MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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