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Tob Control. 2012 Jan;21(1):57-8. doi: 10.1136/tc.2010.040691. Epub 2011 Apr 1.

The social context of smoking cessation in China: an exploratory interview study.

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  • 1School of Nursing, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

China has the largest population of smokers in the world. Little previous research has explored the cultural challenges in encouraging smoking cessation in China. This study aimed to explore and generate research questions about culturally distinctive beliefs and barriers to smoking cessation.

METHODS:

A convenience sample of 21 smokers and ex-smokers selected from a Guangzhou hospital smoking cessation clinic and medical ward was interviewed about experiences with quitting smoking. Data were analysed to elucidate culturally distinctive obstacles to cessation that may warrant further study.

RESULTS:

Three major obstacles to smoking cessation were identified: family and social influences, the myth that quitting smoking is dangerous to health and misinformation from health professionals.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study suggests that smoking cessation in China is made more challenging by a social context in which family, friends and even health professionals may discourage it. However, these identified barriers and beliefs about smoking cessation need to be confirmed in larger, more representative studies in the future.

PMID:
21459932
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