Where there is smoke, there is stress: low-income women identify support needs and preferences for smoking reduction

Health Care Women Int. 2011 May;32(5):359-83. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2010.530724.


Efforts to assist low-income women with tobacco reduction and cessation have typically not been informed by assessment of their needs and wishes. This multi-site qualitative study focused on assessing 64 low-income women's support needs and intervention preferences. These women were interested in smoking cessation, but identified many barriers and needed appropriate supports. However, available smoking cessation programs did not address underlying conditions, such as income instability and stress. The support recommended was psychosocial (e.g., buddy and group support), included self-care (e.g., nutrition, activity, and personal time), and reflected their social-economic circumstances (e.g., free cessation aids and child care).

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Canada
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Poverty*
  • Self-Help Groups
  • Smoking Cessation*
  • Social Support*
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Women's Health*