Readiness to quit smoking in rural communities

Mary Kay Rayens, Ellen J. Hahn, Susan Hedgecock

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The purpose of this study was to determine psychosocial and demographic factors associated with readiness to quit smoking among rural current and recent former smokers. This cross-sectional study of 333 rural adults was part of a larger quasi-experimental study testing the effect of a population-based Quit and Win Contest on quitting. Readiness to quit, partner support to quit smoking, stressful life events, depressive symptoms, and demographic characteristics were measured via a phone interview three months after the Contest. Participants with greater positive partner support to quit smoking were more ready to quit. Minority participants were more ready to quit, compared with Caucasian respondents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1115-1133
Number of pages19
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by the American Legacy Foundation. Address correspondence to Mary Kay Rayens, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, 543 CON, 760 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536-0232. E-mail:

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health


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