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J Public Health Manag Pract. 2011 May-Jun;17(3):E1-8. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181ffd8e3.

Intervention to promote smoke-free policies among multiunit housing operators.

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Department of Health Behavior, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York 14263, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the efficacy of an intervention to encourage the adoption of smoke-free policies among owners and managers of multiunit housing.

DESIGN:

A pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design was employed.

PARTICIPANTS:

The study population included 287 multiunit housing operators (MUHOs) from across New York State who were recruited to complete a baseline survey designed to assess policies about smoking in the housing units that they owned and/or managed. Subjects were surveyed between March and July 2008 (n = 128 intervention, n = 159 control) and recontacted 1 year later to complete a follow-up survey (n = 59 intervention, n = 95 control).

INTERVENTION:

An informational packet on the benefits of implementing a smoke-free policy was mailed to MUHOs in the New York State counties of Erie and Niagara between March and July 2008. For comparison purposes, a sample of MUHOs located outside of Erie and Niagara counties who did not receive the information packet were identified to serve as control subjects.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Logistic regression was used to assess predictors of policy interest, concern, and implementation at follow-up. Predictors included: intervention group, baseline status, respondent smoking status, survey type, government-subsidy status, quantity of units operated, and average building size, construction type, and age.

RESULTS:

Multiunit housing operators who received the information packet were more likely to report interest in adopting a smoke-free policy (OR = 6.49, 95% CI = 1.44-29.2), and less likely to report concerns about adopting such a policy (OR = 0.16, 95% CI = 0.04-0.66) compared to MUHOs who did not receive the information packet; however, the rate of adoption of smoke-free policies was comparable between the groups.

CONCLUSION:

Sending MUHOs an information packet on the benefits of adopting a smoke-free policy was effective in addressing concerns and generating interest toward smoke-free policies but was not sufficient in itself to generate actual policy adoption.

PMID:
21464678
PMCID:
PMC3419374
DOI:
10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181ffd8e3
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