PURPOSE:The DOH-TCP tobacco reduction strategies include: increasing cigarette taxes; banning smoking in all workplaces; advocating for more restrictions on indoor and outdoor smoking; educating the public regarding tobacco health risks through graphic TV ads; and training healthcare providers about tobacco dependence treatment. We studied smokers’ reasons for quitting in New York to assess smokers’ response to these DOH initiatives.
METHODS:IRB approval was obtained and 277 recent attendees of 6-week stop smoking program signed consent. Day-1 questionnaires were evaluated using SAS®.
RESULTS:33% females and 8% males (p=0.01) cite Greater societal pressure in NY to quit smoking while 26% males and 42% females (p=0.01) are quitting due to Odor from tobacco use. 16% males and 11% females cite There are fewer places left where smoking is still permitted. 30% males and 17% females (p=0.03) report a quitting reason as Pressure from their MD; 70% males and 76% females are quitting due to General health concerns. 14% males and 18% females report a Recent change in their health status. 29% males and 34% females report they are quitting due to High cigarette prices. 62% males and 74% females report they currently smoke in their home; and 45% males and 28% females report they currently smoking in their workplace.
CONCLUSION:The NYS DOH TCP initiatives appear to have made an impact on some smokers. More smokers are making quit attempts due to the increasing social unacceptability of smoking, the high price of cigarettes, and assistance from their healthcare providers. Many smokers report continued smoking at their workplace, which may indicate a need for improved enforcement of the Clean Indoor Air Laws.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:In addition, aggressively marketing workplace smoking bans may increase quit attempts.
DISCLOSURE:Virginia Reichert, No Financial Disclosure Information; No Product/Research Disclosure Information