Medical Assistance With Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation (MSC)

The three components of this survey measure assess different facets of providing medical assistance with smoking and tobacco use cessation.

  • Advising Smokers and Tobacco Users to Quit: Adults 18 years of age and older who are current smokers or tobacco users and who received cessation advice during the measurement year.
  • Discussing Cessation Medications: Adults 18 years of age and older who are current smokers or tobacco users and who discussed or were recommended cessation medications during the measurement year.
  • Discussing Cessation Strategies: Adults 18 years of age and older who are current smokers or tobacco users who discussed or were provided cessation methods or strategies during the measurement year.

Why This Matters

Smoking and tobacco use are the largest causes of preventable disease and death in the United States. Tobacco use causes disease in nearly every organ in the body.1 Quitting smoking and tobacco use can save lives and improve overall health. Comprehensive cessation interventions that motivate and help users to quit tobacco use can be very effective.2 Health care providers also play an important role in supporting tobacco users and their efforts to quit.

Results

ADVISING SMOKERS AND TOBACCO USERS TO QUIT
Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 75.1 72.3 76.2 85.6 83.8
2015 75.9 72.1 75.9
2014 77.0 70.8 75.8 85.7 84.8
2013 77.3 70.9 75.8 84.6 82.4
2012 77.8 70.8 75.6 81.2 80.4
2011 77.6 72.4 74.6 81.5 79.3
2010 76.7 71.7 73.6 77.9 783
2009 77.9 75.2
2008 76.7 71.6 69.3 76.9 76.5
2007 75.8 71.0 69.4 75.8 75.4
2006 73.8 70.1 68.2 76.1 77.3
2005 71.2 66.9 65.6 75.5 77.3
2004 69.6 66.7 64.7
2003 68.6 65.8 62.9
2002 67.7 63.9 61.6
2001 65.7 63.9 60.9
2000 66.3

DISCUSSING CESSATION STRATEGIES
Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 42.9 40.4 44.1
2015 45.8 39.2 43.3
2014 47.0 37.6 42.5
2013 46.5 37.5 41.9
2012 47.9 37.3 41.1
2011 47.6 40.1 40.3
2010 45.0 39.0 38.5
2008 49.7 43.3 40.8
2007 48.0 44.2 39.2
2006 43.2 42.6 36.7
2005 38.9 35.1 33.9
2004 36.8 32.7
2003 36.0 32.3

DISCUSSING CESSATION MEDICATIONS
Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 48.1 44.6 49.5
2015 50.3 44.8 48.1
2014 51.8 43.7 46.8
2013 51.7 44.1 46.6
2012 52.9 44.6 45.8
2011 53.1 47.9 44.3
2010 52.4 47.2 42.7
2008 54.4 50.9 40.6
2007 50.9 49.6 38.7
2006 43.9 43.8 35.1
2005 39.4 36.7 31.8
2004 37.8 31.3
2003 37.6 31.5

References

  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 2014. The health consequences of smoking—50 years of progress: a report of the Surgeon General.” Atlanta, GA. http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/full-report.pdf
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2014. “Best practices for comprehensive tobacco control programs—2014.” Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/stateandcommunity/best_practices/pdfs/2014/comprehensive.pdf

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