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Am J Health Behav. 2012 Sep;36(5):639-46. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.36.5.6.

Subjective social status predicts smoking abstinence among light smokers.

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  • 1University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA.



To determine if community subjective social status (SSS) predicted smoking abstinence through 26 weeks postrandomization among 755 African American light smokers of low SES (socioeconomic status).


Participants were enrolled in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial, which examined the efficacy of nicotine gum and counseling for smoking cessation.


Results indicated that SSS predicted smoking abstinence over time [P=.046; odds ratio (OR) =1.075 (1.001-1.155)] after adjusting for covariates.


Further research is needed to understand the effects of community SSS on smoking cessation among heavy smokers and other ethnic groups.

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