Impacts of a support intervention for low-income women who smoke

Soc Sci Med. 2010 Dec;71(11):1901-9. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.08.023. Epub 2010 Sep 29.


The objective of this pilot study was to implement and evaluate the impact of a support intervention tailored to the assessed support needs, resources and preferences of low-income women who smoke in three Canadian cities. The support intervention, informed by theoretical foundations, provided holistic one-to-one and group support over 14 weeks. The support intervention was facilitated by trained professional and peer facilitators. The impact was evaluated through analysis of qualitative and quantitative data collected at pre-, post-, and delayed post-test contacts. This analysis revealed that the intervention exerted positive impacts on smoking reduction/cessation, social networks, coping, and health behaviors. Participants reported satisfaction with the intervention.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Canada
  • Cities
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Poverty / psychology*
  • Poverty / statistics & numerical data
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Self-Help Groups*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Social Support