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Providing antismoking socialization to children after quitting smoking Does it help parents stay quit?

PURPOSE: To test whether an antismoking parenting program provided to parents who had quit smoking for ≥24 hours increased parents' likelihood of remaining abstinent 2 and 3 years postbaseline.

DESIGN: Two-group randomized controlled trial with 3-year follow-up.

SETTING: Eleven states (Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont).

PARTICIPANTS: Five hundred seventy-seven adults (286 treatment and 291 control) who had smoked ≥10 cigarettes daily at baseline, had quit smoking for ≥24 hours after calling a Quitline, and were parents of an 8- to 10-year-old child; 358 (62%) completed the 2-year follow-up interview, and 304 (53%) completed the 3-year follow-up interview.

INTERVENTION: Theory-driven, home-based, self-help parenting program.

MEASURES: Sociodemographic, smoking history, and 30-day point prevalence.

ANALYSIS: Multivariable regression analyses tested for group differences in 30-day abstinence. Attriters were coded as having relapsed.

RESULTS: Between-group differences in abstinence rates were 5.6% and 5.9% at 2 and 3 years, respectively. Treatment group parents had greater odds of abstinence, an effect that was significant only at the latter time point (odds ratio [OR] = 1.49, P = .075 at 2 years; OR = 1.70, P = .026 at 3 years).

CONCLUSIONS: This study obtained preliminary evidence that engaging parents who recently quit smoking as agents of antismoking socialization of children has the potential to reduce the long-term odds of relapse.


Hayes, K. A., Jackson, C., Dickinson, D. M., & Miller, A. L. (2018). Providing antismoking socialization to children after quitting smoking: Does it help parents stay quit? American Journal of Health Promotion, 32(5), 1257-1263. https://doi.org/10.1177/0890117117723111

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