Predictors of Continued Smoking and Interest in Cessation Among Older Female Smokers

Kathryn E. Weaver, Beverly M. Snively, Patricia Hogan, Kathryn Josephs, Karen Johnson, Mathilda Coday, Ana M. Progovac, Dominic J. Cirillo, Judith K. Ockene, Hilary A. Tindle

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Objectives: Older female smokers are highly vulnerable, yet little is known about their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding smoking cessation. Methods: Southeast region Women’s Health Initiative participants identified as smokers on at least one prior assessment were surveyed in 2012 regarding current tobacco use. Results: Most of these current and former smokers (N = 409, 63% response) were non-Hispanic White (81.7%) and had some college (80%), with mean age of 75.1 years. Current smoking was confirmed by 56%, and while 61% of these reported a past-year quit attempt, less than half used quit aids. Of current smokers, 57.5% intended to quit within 6 months (26.6% within 30 days), and 68% were interested in joining a cessation study. Conclusions: Older female smokers were highly motivated to quit, yet profoundly underutilized proven quit aids. Results support high acceptability of cessation interventions for this undertreated population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)624-640
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Predictors of Continued Smoking and Interest in Cessation Among Older Female Smokers. / Weaver, Kathryn E.; Snively, Beverly M.; Hogan, Patricia; Josephs, Kathryn; Johnson, Karen; Coday, Mathilda; Progovac, Ana M.; Cirillo, Dominic J.; Ockene, Judith K.; Tindle, Hilary A.

In: Journal of Aging and Health, Vol. 30, No. 4, 01.04.2018, p. 624-640.

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Weaver, KE, Snively, BM, Hogan, P, Josephs, K, Johnson, K, Coday, M, Progovac, AM, Cirillo, DJ, Ockene, JK & Tindle, HA 2018, 'Predictors of Continued Smoking and Interest in Cessation Among Older Female Smokers', Journal of Aging and Health, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 624-640. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264316687622
Weaver, Kathryn E. ; Snively, Beverly M. ; Hogan, Patricia ; Josephs, Kathryn ; Johnson, Karen ; Coday, Mathilda ; Progovac, Ana M. ; Cirillo, Dominic J. ; Ockene, Judith K. ; Tindle, Hilary A. / Predictors of Continued Smoking and Interest in Cessation Among Older Female Smokers. In: Journal of Aging and Health. 2018 ; Vol. 30, No. 4. pp. 624-640.
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