Did You Know That There Are Racial Disparities In Intentions To Quit Smoking?

A recent study examined racial/ethnic differences in smokers’ intentions to quit smoking within the next 6 months. The sample included 20,693 current non-occasional smokers in the U.S. who responded to the 2010-2011 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey.

Findings included:

  • The rates of intention to quit within 1 month were significantly higher for non-Hispanic (NH) Blacks (21%) and Hispanics (21%) than for the NH Whites (NHW, 15%).

  • The rates of intention to quit within 6 months were significantly higher for NH Blacks (46%) than for NH Whites (39%) and significantly lower for NH American Indians/Alaska Natives (38%) and NH Asians (39%) than for NH multiracial (53%) smokers.

  • Most disparities existed even after adjusting for smoking-related and sociodemographic factors.

  • For most racial/ethnic groups, non-daily smoking and doctor’s advice to quit were positively associated with the odds of intending to quit.

  • For each racial/ethnic group, having a longer quit attempt in the past 12 months was positively associated with the odds of intending to quit.

The authors concluded that although a smoker’s intention to quit may not necessarily lead to immediate smoking cessation, the lack of intention may drastically delay smoking cessation. The study highlights the importance of accounting for racial/ethnic disparities when designing and implementing interventions to motivate smokers to quit and aid smoking cessation.

Source: Soulakova et al. (2016). Race/ethnicity and intention to quit cigarette smoking. Preventive Medicine Reports, Dec 23;5:160-165.

Read the paper at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5200885

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