Two faculty at Temple University’s College of Public Health have been leading smoking cessation research and community-based interventions for nearly a decade.
Funded by a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2012, Drs. Stephen Lepore and Bradley Collins have been developing innovative smoking cessation programs in pediatric offices and clinics in Philadelphia. The multilevel intervention integrates intensive behavioral counseling with provider advice and follow-up – an approach the researchers expect will improve quit rates and set a model for tobacco cessation programs nationwide. The programs are designed to be sustainable in communities after the 5-year study is complete.
“Once parents fully realize they have the ability to reduce harm to their child by eliminating secondhand smoke exposure, they’ll have greater motivation to modify their smoking,” Dr. Collins said. “The ultimate goal of the program is to get parents to quit and stay quit.”
Drs. Lepore and Collins published the protocol paper for the pilot program Babies Living Safe and Smokefree (BLiSS) in 2013. They expanded the program with Kids Living Safe and Smokefree (KiSS) and published that protocol paper in 2017.
BLiSS and KiSS specifically target medically underserved communities. “Children in these communities have the highest risk of suffering from secondhand-smoke-related diseases and health problems. Their parents often experience significant stressors in their lives and encounter many challenges accessing resources to help them quit,” said Collins, an associate professor and director of graduate programs and director of Temple’s Health Behavior Research Clinic.
Secondhand smoke exposure in children has been linked to ear infections, more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory symptoms and infections, and increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), cancers, cardiovascular disease, and behavior issues. Play today at the best friv games website.
Drs. Collins and Lepore’s collaborators include Dr. Beth Moughan and Dr. David Fleece, Temple Pediatric Care; Dr. Daniel Taylor, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children; Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, Massachusetts General Hospital.