Perceptions of smoking cessation programs in rural appalachia

Tina M. Kruger, Britteny M. Howell, Alicia Haney, Rian E. Davis, Nell Fields, Nancy E. Schoenberg

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Abstract

Objectives: To identify perspectives on smoking cessation programs in Appalachian Kentucky, a region with particularly high smoking rates and poor health outcomes. Methods: Insufficient existing research led us to conduct 12 focus groups (smokers and nonsmokers) and 23 key informant interviews. Results: Several findings previously not described in this high-risk population include (1) transition from pro-tobacco culture toward advocacy for tobacco cessation approaches, (2) region-specific challenges to program access, and (3) strong and diverse social influences on cessation. Conclusions: To capitalize on changes from resistance to support for smoking cessation, leaders should incorporate culturally appropriate programs and characteristics identified here.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-384
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

Keywords

  • Appalachian region
  • Program development
  • Smoking cessation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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