Interventions to Help Smoking Parents of Inpatients Reduce Exposure 

INSPIRE is a behavioral intervention program to help parents of hospitalized children reduce tobacco smoke exposure using Motivational Interviewing techniques. 

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Welcome to INSPIRE 

Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure is an important cause of negative health effects in children. It can greatly increase their risk of getting ill and needing hospitalization. 

INSPIRE addresses this exposure in a new and innovative way. With INSPIRE, providers can connect caregivers to quit smoking resources while they are present in the hospital with their children. 

Who We Are 

Nationally recognized doctors and researchers work on INSPIRE. 

INSPIRE in Practice 

When implemented in a standard pediatric hospital, INSPIRE had a positive effect on families. Read more about the research behind INSPIRE here and here. 

How does it work? 

Step 1: Caregivers begin Motivational Interviewing (MI) sessions with a trained tobacco coach when their child is in the hospital. Together, they make a personal plan to quit or reduce smoking. 

Who can be a tobacco coach?

  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Health Navigators
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Anyone who works clinically with the family

Step 2: Caregivers get NRT before they discharge from the hospital. They also get community and long term resources. 

Step 3: The tobacco coach follows-up once the family goes home to check in with brief MI sessions. 

INSPIRE also uses components of the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) model and the 5As to help caregivers quit. 

Motivational Interviewing for Smoking Cessation 

MI is a type of counseling that empowers people to create behavioral changes through internal motivation. Tobacco coaches use MI techniques to unpack a caregivers smoking experience and help them battle ambivalence towards quitting. 

INSPIRE Resources 

The attached free and downloadable resources can be used to adapt INSPIRE to your organization's needs. 

Downloadable Resources: 

Our Team 

Karen Wilson, MD, MPH 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

Cordelia Elaiho, Clinical Research Coordinator II 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

Contact Us 

INSPIRE (Intervening to Help Smoking Parents of Inpatients Reduce Exposure) 
Mt. Sinai 

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