Social and environmental factors related to smoking cessation among mothers: Findings from the geographic research on welling (grow) study

Yessenia Castro, Katherine Heck, Jean L. Forster, Rachel Widome, Catherine Cubbin

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Abstract

Objectives: The current study examined associations between race/ethnicity and psychosocial/environmental factors with current smoking status, and whether psychosocial/environmental factors accounted for racial differences in smoking status in a population-based sample of mothers in California. Methods: Crosssectional data from 542 women with a history of smoking were used. Analyses adjusted for age, partner status, and educational attainment. Results: In models adjusted for sociodemographics, black women had significantly lower odds, and Latina immigrants had significantly higher odds of being a former smoker compared to white women. Persons smoking in the home, having a majority of friends who smoke, having perceptions of their neighborhood as being somewhat or very unsafe, and experiencing food insecurity were associated with decreased odds of being a former smoker. When these variables were entered into a single model, only being a Latina immigrant and having a majority of friends who smoke were significantly associated with smoking status. Conclusions: Black women demonstrated a notable disparity compared with white women in smoking status, accounted for by psychosocial/environmental factors. Immigrant Latinas demonstrated notable success in ever quitting smoking. Social networks may be important barriers to smoking cessation among women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)809-822
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Disparities
  • Maternal smoking
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Smoking cessation
  • Women

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