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Smoking Characteristics of a Homeless Population

Butler, James and Okuyemi , Kolawole S. and Samuel, Jean and Nazir , Niaman and Ahluwalia, Jasjit S. and Resnicow , Ken (2002) Smoking Characteristics of a Homeless Population. Substance Abuse, 23 (4). pp. 223-231.

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    Abstract

    When addressing tobacco control and smoking cessation measures, the homeless have been perceived as a difficult to reach population. The purpose of this study was to examine the smoking characteristics of a homeless population. Data were derived from a larger study that examined smoking among inner-city residents. Homeless smokers (n=107) were compared with non-homeless smokers (n=491) on socio-demographics, smoking characteristics, motivation to quit, and smoking cessation experiences. Results showed that homeless smokers were more likely to be white, smoke more cigarettes per day, initiate smoking at a younger age, and have a longer smoking history. Knowledge about the risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting was equally high in both groups. Homeless smokers were less likely to be preparing to quit smoking compared to non-homeless smokers. These factors place homeless smokers at increased risk of tobacco-related diseases. Programs are needed to design and test effective cessation interventions for homeless smokers.


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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Homeless, smoking characteristics, smoking cessation
    Subjects: Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Smoking & Tobacco Use
    Practice > interventions
    Research > studies
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    Depositing User: James Butler
    Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2005
    Last Modified: 05 Jul 2011 10:35
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/13

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