Demographic, psychosocial, and contextual correlates of tobacco use in sexual minority women

Alicia K. Matthews*, Anna Hotton, Steve Dubois, David Fingerhut, Lisa M. Kuhns

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Demographic, psychosocial, and contextual correlates of tobacco use among sexual minority women (SMW) were assessed using data from a larger lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) study. Of the 171 participants, 42% (n=71) were smokers. However, 61% of smokers reported a recent quit attempt, and 39% were taking action toward or planning to quit. In multivariable logistic regression, lack of insurance, frequent attendance at LGBT bars, greater awareness of anti-smoking messages, and fewer perceived deterrents to smoking were associated with greater odds of smoking. Our findings provide additional support for elevated smoking rates among SMW and help to identify factors associated with smoking in this population. Awareness of prevention campaigns, recent quit attempts, and intention to quit were high, suggesting opportunities for smoking cessation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-152
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • SMW
  • Smoking
  • Tobacco-related health disparities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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