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Change in Worksite Smoking Behavior Following Cancer Risk Feedback: A Pilot Study

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Objective: To pilot a worksite smoking intervention. Methods: Following baseline assessment, participants (N=6378) received cancer risk feedback; 2 annual evaluations were conducted. Results: Using all data, smoking dropped from 13.7% to 8.4% and 9.3%, and smoker's readiness to quit increased. Using complete data, smoking initially increased from 5.7% to 6.7%, but subsequently decreased to 5.3%; the increase in smoker's readiness to quit remained. Being male, younger, and with lower education and self-efficacy predicted smoking. Lower age and higher selfefficacy predicted readiness to quit smoking. Conclusions: These findings support a formal evaluation of a worksite smoking intervention using cancer risk feedback.

Keywords: predictors; tobacco use; worksite intervention

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Division of Population Science, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Cheltenham, PA 2: Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA 3: Division of Population Science, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA 4: F. Hoffman-LaRoche Ltd, Pharma Development, Oncology, Nutley, NJ 5: Population Science & Network Development, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA 6: Maple Glen, PA 7: Population Science Facility, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Cheltenham, PA 8: Fox Chase Cancer Center, Cheltenham, PA 9: Division of Population Studies, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA

Publication date: May 1, 2005

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