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Korean American Smokers’ Perspectives on Mobile Smoking Cessation Applications

Authors
  • Moon, Joonwoo
  • Rigg, Julaine S
  • Smith, Janice E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Tobacco Use Insights
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Dec 13, 2020
Volume
13
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1179173X20972384
PMID: 33402856
PMCID: PMC7739086
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Introduction: The primary purpose of this research is to investigate the adoption process of mobile smoking cessation apps for Korean American smokers with the eventual purpose of proposing a new combined model of smartphone smoking cessation adoption. Methods: From September 2018 to March 2019, a total of 227 Korean American smokers responded to surveys regarding the effectiveness of mobile applications for smoking cessation. A path analysis was used to analyze the predictors of adopting and using smoking cessation applications available via smartphones. Results: Perceived benefits and self-efficacy were important factors for influencing the perceived usefulness of a smoking cessation mobile app. Moreover, the perceived usefulness of a smoking cessation mobile app was also positively related to intention to use a smoking cessation mobile app. Conclusion: Although mobile smoking cessation apps can help many individuals quit smoking, most Korean American smokers are not current users of smoking cessation mobile apps. Therefore, there is a strong need to use strategic evidence-based communication interventions for promoting the widespread adoption of smoking cessation applications.

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