The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4004.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - Board 6

Abstract #41083

Stage of smoking cessation and its related factors of male ever smokers

Ling-Yen Pan, PhD, Division of Health Policy Research, National Health Research Institutes, 2F, 109, Ming-Chuan E. Road, Sec.6, Taipei, 114, Taiwan, +886-2-26534401ext6639, and Lee-Lan Yen, ScD, Institute of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Room 1522 No 1 Sec 1 Jen-Ai Road, Taipei, Taiwan.

Smokers quit at early age will still benefit in terms of decreasing burdens from smoking-related diseases and prolonging life expectancy. The purposes of this study were: (1) to investigate male ever smokers°¦ smoking experience and related psychological, interpersonal and environmental factors; (2) to describe their current stage of smoking cessation; and (3) to find out the determinants related to the stage of smoking cessation. Male ever-smokers aged over 18 were selected from three previous national representative datasets and received self-administered questionnaires during December 1999 to February 2000. The main findings were (1) most respondents were at stage of contemplation, and different age groups had significantly different distribution of stages of smoking cessation; (2) for those who were younger or with stronger nicotine dependence, their psychological factors are disadvantageous to cessation. In addition, for younger smokers, most of their friends are highly probably either smokers or without successful cessation, and less perceived to the social normality of smoking; (3) among respondents with lower educational levels and lower occupational levels, are less probably working at a setting with smoking ban; (4) among current smokers, those who perceived higher cons of smoking and with more compliance to quitting advice, are more likely at the stage of contemplation after adjusted other significant variables; (5) among respondents ever thought of quitting smoking, those who were older, with lower temptation to smoke in social situations, and had perceived social normality of smoking, were most likely at stage of maintenance after adjusted other significant variables.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of the session, the participant in this session will be able to

    Keywords: Smoking Cessation, Male Health

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:
    I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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