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Aust N Z J Public Health. 2008 Oct;32(5):479-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2008.00283.x.

Cigarette smoking and interest in quitting among consumers at a Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Service in Victoria.

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  • Department of Public Health, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. k.moeller-saxone@pgrad.unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To gather information on smoking rates and interest in smoking cessation among consumers at a Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Service (PDRSS).

METHOD:

A questionnaire was offered to all consumers at Neami Victoria by support staff in March 2007. Two hundred and eighty people (81%) completed the survey. Relationships between categorical variables were analysed using Fischer's exact test (p=0.05).

RESULTS:

Sixty-two per cent of consumers were smokers. Twelve per cent had previously quit smoking. PDRS consumers smoked 50% more than the general population and high rates (17%) of illegal tobacco smoking were identified. Fifty-nine per cent of smokers wanted to quit while 74% wanted to reduce.

CONCLUSIONS:

While smoking rates were almost four times higher than the general population, interest in quitting and cutting down was also high.

IMPLICATIONS:

Opportunities exist for public health advocates to collaborate with PDRSSs to increase knowledge related to smoking harms, and to reduce smoking in this group.

PMID:
18959554
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