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Smoking-Related Weight Concerns Among Underserved, Black Maternal Smokers

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Objective : To expand understanding of a smoking cessation barrier for women, weight concerns, in a medically underserved population.

Methods : Baseline weight concerns were examined among 235 low-income, black maternal smokers enrolled in a smoking trial. Logistic regression evaluated factors related to weight concerns.

Results : Higher BMI (OR 3.35, P < .001), intention to quit (OR 2.12, P .02), more previous quit attempts (OR 1.14, P .03), and less support for quitting (OR 0.81, P .05) predicted weight concerns.

Conclusions : This is the first study to delineate factors predicting weight concerns in this population, thus expanding our understanding of a key cessation barrier and informing future cessation strategies in a population known to bear increased risk of tobacco-related disease.

Keywords: black; maternal; smoking cessation; underserved; weight concerns

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health & Pediatrics, Director, Health Behavior Research Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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