Smoking-related behavior, beliefs, and social environment of young black women in subsidized public housing in Chicago

Am J Public Health. 1992 Feb;82(2):267-72. doi: 10.2105/ajph.82.2.267.


Survey data indicate that young Black female smokers living in public housing are heavier smokers and have weaker motivation to quit, health beliefs and social environment less conducive to cessation, and less knowledge of where to get help to quit than other young Black female smokers in metropolitan Chicago. Compared with White women, the latter, other Black women smoke fewer cigarettes daily and have a stronger desire to quit and more concern about health reasons for quitting, but have a weaker belief in the risk of lung cancer from smoking, greater concern about quitting difficulties, and less knowledge of where to get help to quit. Low education, not race, is associated with higher smoking prevalence and less social pressure to quit or support for quitting.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • African Americans / psychology*
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Chicago / epidemiology
  • Educational Status
  • Employment / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Income / statistics & numerical data
  • Marriage / statistics & numerical data
  • Models, Psychological
  • Motivation
  • Prevalence
  • Public Housing*
  • Single Parent
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology
  • Social Environment*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Women / psychology*