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Am J Addict. 2001 Spring;10(2):159-66.

Interest in smoking cessation among injection drug users.

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  • 1Department of Medicine and Community Health, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.


We describe the degree of nicotine addiction and readiness to quit smoking among people with a history of injection drug use, comparing those in a methadone maintenance treatment program (MMTP) with active illicit drug injectors in a needle exchange program (NEP). Interview data were collected from 452 persons in Providence, RI, from July 1997 to March 1998. Ninety-one percent (91%) of the population currently smoked cigarettes. Smokers were more likely to be female and from an NEP. Higher nicotine dependence by the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence was found in Caucasians, those with a Methadone dose greater than 80 mg per day, those with less than high school education, and those with active alcohol abuse. Those more likely to be contemplating smoking cessation in the next six months were those from MMTP, older than 35, and without alcohol abuse. Although smoking cessation counseling should be offered to all smokers, interventions directed towards older individuals enrolled in MMTP may target the group most interested in smoking cessation.

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