232294 Menthol smoking, smoke-free policies, and cessation services

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 : 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Anita Fernander, PhD , College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Mary Kay Rayens, PhD , College of Nursing and College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Ellen J. Hahn, PhD, RN , Tobacco Research and Prevention Program, University of Kentucky College of Nursing and College of Public Health, Lexington, KY
Mei Zhang, MPH, MSN , College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Aims: This study examined whether menthol smoking is related to exposure to smoke-free home and workplace policies, availability of cessation services at work, and knowledge of cessation resources among current smokers.

Methods: Secondary analysis was conducted using data from the 2003 and 2006/7 Tobacco Use Supplement (TUS) to the Current Population Survey (CPS). Logistic regression with balanced replicated weights was used to determine if menthol smoking predicted smoke-free policies and cessation services availability or knowledge among current smokers.

Results: Menthol cigarette smoking was a risk factor for being less protected by home and workplace smoke-free policies for current smokers with an indoor job. However, when the analysis was limited to low-income smokers with indoor jobs, the effect of menthol smoking was no longer significant. Similarly, among all current smokers regardless of job status, those who used menthol cigarettes were less likely to have a smoke-free home policy, but the effect of menthol cigarette status was not significant when the analysis was limited to low-income smokers. Menthol smoking was not related to availability of cessation services offered at work or knowledge of cessation services.

Conclusions: This study suggests that menthol smoking is a risk factor for lack of policy protection from SHS exposure. However, when the low income subgroup is considered alone, menthol smoking does not provide additional risk of lack of protection. The calls on policymakers and tobacco control professionals to monitor tobacco control efforts to ensure that policies and interventions reach all menthol smokers.

Learning Areas:
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Compare smokefree policies, at home and in the workplace, among menthol and non-menthol smokers. Analyze the availability or knowledge of cessation services among menthol and smokers.

Keywords: Tobacco Policy, Vulnerable Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: In addition to my experience examining the influence of ethno-culturally specific constructs such as acculturative and race-related stress and John Henry active coping on risk factors, I am currently leading research programs examining psychosocial factors related to tobacco use and nicotine metabolism among African American women and a smoking cessation program among African American women.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.