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Tobacco Use, Cessation, and Home Smoking Rules in a Hispanic Community

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Objective: To determine prevalence of smoking, quit ratios, and home smoking rules among Hispanics residing in colonias in El Paso, Texas. Methods: Face-to-face interviews with 1485 Hispanic adults. GeoFrame™ field enumeration methods were used to develop a sampling frame from households in randomly selected colonias. Results: The overall percent of current cigarette smoking was 14.6% (95% CI 12.4 to 16.8); Over 55% of smokers reported a serious quit attempt. Participants overwhelmingly reported that smoking was not allowed in their homes. Conclusions: Prevalence estimates for current smoking and restriction in the home were similar to those reported for recent national surveys.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health, Atlanta, GA, USA. 2: Research Triangle Institute International, Atlanta GA, USA 3: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health, Atlanta, GA, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2013

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