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J Community Health. 1994 Feb;19(1):25-40.

Reaching mothers of preschool-aged children with a targeted quit smoking intervention.

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Fox Chase Cancer Center, Cheltenham, PA 19012.

Abstract

Younger women smoke at disproportionately higher rates than other women and their smoking has a major impact on the health of their young children. To address this problem, a smoking cessation intervention combining minimal advice and assistance from a community health nurse and a tailored self-help guide was developed for low-income women with young children. The program evaluation results reported here were gathered from women using publicly funded pediatric services in four agencies with 32 clinic sites in central and eastern Pennsylvania. Unlike volunteers in formal cessation programs, the women varied widely in their readiness to quit smoking. Follow-up data were obtained from 1,230 female smokers, aged 18 to 39, after receiving brief, individualized smoking cessation advice and encouragement to read the self-help guide. One year later, 12.5 percent reported quitting smoking, and 20.2 percent reported having made a serious quit attempt that lasted at least 7 days. These results suggest that, even among smokers with low socioeconomic status and wide variation in their readiness to quit, minimal intervention programs requiring modest resources can promote cessation.

PMID:
8169249
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