Perceptions of Smoking Cessation Programs in Rural Appalachia
Abstract:Objectives: To identify perspectives on smoking cessation programs in Appalachian Kentucky, a region with particularly high smoking rates and poor health outcomes. Methods: Insufficient existing research led us to conduct 12 focus groups (smokers and nonsmokers) and 23 key informant interviews. Results: Several findings previously not described in this high-risk population include (1) transition from pro-tobacco culture toward advocacy for tobacco cessation approaches, (2) region-specific challenges to program access, and (3) strong and diverse social influences on cessation. Conclusions: To capitalize on changes from resistance to support for smoking cessation, leaders should incorporate culturally appropriate programs and characteristics identified here.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Applied Health Sciences, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org 2: Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA 3: Whitesburg, KY, USA 4: Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA
Publication date: 2012-05-01
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