Date of Award
Master of Science
Health and Sport Science
Onyejebose O Okwumabua
Kenneth D Ward
Michelle B Stockton
This study examined the relationship between exposure to other people’s smoke and quitting smoking among 248 low income Black and White pregnant women. Indices of exposure included smoking restrictions in the home, number of regular smokers in the home, exposure to other’s smoke in the home, partner’s smoking behavior, and proportion of friends who smoke regularly. Covariates examined included age, income, education, nicotine dependence, and gestational age. Being exposed to smoking in the home (adjusted OR = 360; CI = .182 – .173), and the number of smokers in the home (adjusted OR = .594; CI = .377 – .934) were both related to decreased likelihood of cessation. There were no racial differences between any exposure/cessation associations. Results suggest that exposure to others’ smoking is a significant determinant of quitting smoking among low income black and white women and should be considered as a target for smoking cessation interventions in this population.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Chitta, Archana, "The Influence of Exposure to Others' Smoking among Black and White Low Income Pregnant Smokers" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 20.