Widening socioeconomic disparities in mortality in the United States are largely explained by slower declines in tobacco use among smokers of low socioeconomic status (SES) than among those of higher SES, which points to the need for targeted tobacco cessation interventions. Documentation of smoking status in electronic health records (EHRs) provides the tools for health systems to proactively offer tobacco treatment to socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers.

Jennifer S. Haas, MD, MSc, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues evaluated a proactive tobacco cessation strategy that addresses sociocontextual mediators of tobacco use for low-SES smokers.

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