Learning Objectives: Understand how smoke-free policies are related with cessation behaviors.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between smoke-free policies in various locations and cessation behaviors.
METHODS: A follow-up study of the NCI Community Intervention Trial for Smoking Cessation was completed in 2001. Detailed telephone tobacco use surveys were administered to 7,329 subjects in 1988, 1993, and 2001. Respondents reported on the extent of smoking rules at work, home, and in the family car, along with several related measures of cessation behavior (e.g. quitting, quit attempts, reduction in amount smoked, use of low-tar cigarettes, use of nicotine replacement therapy, etc.).
RESULTS: Preliminary analyses indicate that policies that prohibit smoking at the worksite, in the home, or in the family car, were all significantly associated with increased rates of making a quit attempt and with successfully quitting. The prevalence of those who never allow smoking was similar for family car (43%) and home (42%) in 2001. The prevalence of worksite policies that prohibited smoking everywhere dramatically increased from 28% in 1993 to 72% in 2001. Additional analyses, including multivariate approaches will be completed to more fully characterize these relationships.
DISCUSSION: This study provides information about the long-term effects of an array of clean indoor air policies on quitting, as well as other measures smokers commonly take when trying to stop smoking.
Learning objective: - To understand how smoke-free policies are related with cessation behaviors.
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