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Am J Public Health. 2007 Aug;97(8):1405-8. Epub 2007 Jun 28.

Barriers to smoking cessation in inner-city African American young adults.

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Institute for Global Tobacco Control, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md 21205, USA. fstillma@jhsph.edu

Abstract

The prevalence of tobacco use among urban African American persons aged 18 to 24 years not enrolled in college is alarmingly high and a challenge for smoking cessation initiatives. Recent data from inner-city neighborhoods in Baltimore, Md, indicate that more than 60% of young adults smoke cigarettes. We sought to describe community-level factors contributing to this problem. Data from focus groups and surveys indicate that the sale and acquisition of "loosies" are ubiquitous and normative and may contribute to the high usage and low cessation rates.

PMID:
17600247
PMCID:
PMC1931448
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2006.101659
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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