Smoking and ill health: does lay epidemiology explain the failure of smoking cessation programs among deprived populations?


Lawlor, DA; Frankel, S; Shaw, M; Ebrahim, S; Smith, GD; (2003) Smoking and ill health: does lay epidemiology explain the failure of smoking cessation programs among deprived populations? American journal of public health, 93 (2). pp. 266-70. ISSN 0090-0036 DOI: https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.93.2.266

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Abstract

The resistance of disadvantaged groups to anti-smoking advice is remarkable. In relation to the study of differing cultures, there is a long-standing academic tradition assuming that behavior that may otherwise be difficult to understand is indeed rational within particular cultural contexts. Persistent smoking among the most deprived members of society may represent a rational response to their life chances informed by a lay epidemiology. Health promotion initiatives designed to reduce smoking among members of these groups may continue to fail unless the general health and life chances of such individuals are first improved.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Attitude to Health/*ethnology, Great Britain/epidemiology, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Promotion, Humans, Male, Occupations/classification, Prevalence, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Smoking/*epidemiology/prevention & control, Smoking Cessation/*ethnology/statistics & numerical data, Social Class, Vulnerable Populations/classification/*psychology, Attitude to Health, ethnology, Great Britain, epidemiology, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Promotion, Humans, Male, Occupations, classification, Prevalence, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Smoking, epidemiology, prevention & control, Smoking Cessation, ethnology, statistics & numerical data, Social Class, Vulnerable Populations, classification, psychology
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 12554581
Web of Science ID: 180721000021
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/12670

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