Introduction and aims: The aim of this study was to describe a sample of Australian methadone clients with respect to smoking and cessation-related behaviours and motivations.
Design and methods: A cross-sectional survey was completed by 103 methadone clients in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia.
Results: Characteristics of the sample included low socioeconomic status, and high polydrug use and nicotine dependence. Key findings were a high prevalence of smoking (84%) and low likelihood of quitting, including a quit ratio of less than 10%. Over half of smokers were classified as 'Precontemplative', and 34% as 'hard-core' smokers.
Discussion and conclusions: The need for research to develop and test tailored interventions for this population is highlighted, as is the need for methadone services and staff to facilitate client smoking cessation.
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