Healthcare providers' treatment of college smokers

Jennifer Scott Koontz, Kari Jo Harris, Kolawole S. Okuyemi, Michael C. Mosier, James Grobe, Niaman Nazir, Jasjit S. Ahluwalia

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About 28% of college students smoke tobacco, and many will continue smoking into adulthood. Although little is known about how to help college students quit smoking, 1 promising strategy is healthcare providers' advice. To estimate their lifetime receipt of brief advice and to identify characteristics that predict who may receive that advice, 348 college students completed a survey about their smoking and related practices. Seventy-seven percent of the smokers (73% of the students) were asked about smoking. Of those smokers, 57% were advised to quit, 22% were given advice about quitting, 5% were helped with setting a quit date, and 4% were offered follow-up. Occasional smokers were less likely than daily smokers to be advised to quit. Although 36.2% of the smokers did not report their smoking accurately, smokers who were accurate were more likely to be advised to quit and to be given advice about quitting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-126
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004


  • Physicians' practice patterns
  • Smoking
  • Smoking cessation
  • Students
  • Universities


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