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African American Smokers' Intention to Use Pharmacotherapy for Cessation

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Objectives: To use the theory of planned behavior to identify predictors of intentions to use cessation aids when quitting smoking. Methods: African American smokers completed a survey to assess intentions, attitudes, and normative and control beliefs regarding the use of smoking cessation aids. Results: Participants held mildly positive attitudes regarding the use of cessation aids. Beliefs related to the utility of aids, support of referents, and accessibility of a doctor were most strongly associated with intention to use cessation aids. Conclusions: African American smokers may be amenable to the use of cessation aids, and specific beliefs may be targets for intervention.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA. 2: Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA 3: School of Public and Community Health Sciences, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA 4: University of Minnesota, Division of General Internal Medicine, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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