Many stroke survivors continue to smoke – Consumer Health News


WEDNESDAY, Nov 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) – For smokers who survive stroke, the overall quit rate is 60.8%, with stroke survivors less likely to quit than stroke survivors. cancer, according to a study published online Nov. 17 in Stroke.

Neal S. Parikh, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, and colleagues performed a cross-sectional analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for 2013 to 2019 to to examine smoking cessation among strokes. and cancer survivors. Dropout ratios were summarized for stroke survivors and compared for stroke and cancer survivors.

The researchers found that the overall quit rate was 60.8% among 4,434,604 Americans with a history of stroke and smoking. There was variation in dropout ratios by age group, sex, race and ethnicity, and geographic factors. Marked geographic variation was observed in dropout ratios, ranging from 48.3 to 71.5 percent in Kentucky and California, respectively. After controlling for demographic differences and smoking-related co-morbidities, stroke survivors were less likely to have quit smoking than cancer survivors (odds ratio, 0.72).

“The next important steps are to design and test optimal smoking cessation programs for people with stroke or mini-stroke,” Parikh said in a statement. “Programs for patients with stroke and cardiovascular disease should be as strong as smoking cessation programs for cancer patients. “

Several authors have revealed financial links with the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

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