Frequency of Nurse-led Tobacco Cessation Interventions and Influencing Factors

Dulce Viviana Mancine


More than 480,000 deaths and $193 billion in medical expenses each year are attributed to smoking tobacco1. Smoking tobacco is an epidemic that burdens the United States health care system. Nurses are in a unique position to provide tobacco cessation interventions to patients in the clinical and community setting. The objective of the study was to measure how frequently nurses provided tobacco cessation interventions to patients and determine factors associated with the delivery of those interventions. The Helping Smokers Quit Survey was utilized to conduct a cross-sectional survey study2. Descriptive statistics and independent t-tests were used to analyze the data. The majority of nurses reported they did not always assist smokers in quitting tobacco or arrange for follow for them. More nurses reported never recommending medication, a Quitline or other resources than nurses reporting always performing these interventions. Previous tobacco cessation training and familiarity with the 5A’s of tobacco cessation had a significant association with a higher frequency of tobacco cessation. The findings suggest more education for nurses may increase nurse-led tobacco cessation interventions.


Nursing, Tobacco Cessation, Counseling

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