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Smoking Behaviors and Regular Source of Health Care among African Americans

Authors
Journal
Preventive Medicine
0091-7435
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
34
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1006/pmed.2001.1004
Keywords
  • Smoking
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Primary Health Care
  • Blacks
  • Urban Health
Disciplines
  • Mathematics

Abstract

Abstract Objectives. The purpose of the study was to determine associations between having a regular source of health care, advice from a physician to quit smoking, and smoking-related behaviors among African American smokers. Methods. A secondary analysis was conducted on data obtained from an intervention study with a posttest assessment of the effectiveness of smoking status as a vital sign. The setting was an adult walk-in clinic at a large inner-city hospital and 879 African American adult current smokers were examined. Results. Among African American smokers, there was an association between having a regular source of health care and planning to quit smoking within the next 30 days (OR = 1.46; 95% CI: 1.04–2.05), receiving physician advice to quit (OR = 1.46; 95% CI: 1.02–2.10), and smoking ≤10 cigarettes a day (OR = 1.42; 95% CI: 1.00–2.03). Conclusions. African American current smokers with a regular source of health care were further along the quitting process than those without a regular source of health care. Our findings indicate a potential benefit of complementing programs that increase physician cessation advice rates with policies that increase rates of health insurance and the likelihood that individuals have a regular source of health care.

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