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Rural smokers : a prevention opportunity

Chapman, Anna, Bunker, Stephen, Dunbar, James, Philpot, Ben, McNamara, Kevin, Baird, Andrew, Vartianen, Erkki, Laatikainen, Tiina and Janus, Edward 2009, Rural smokers : a prevention opportunity, Australian family physician, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 352-356.

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Title Rural smokers : a prevention opportunity
Author(s) Chapman, Anna
Bunker, Stephen
Dunbar, James
Philpot, Ben
McNamara, Kevin
Baird, Andrew
Vartianen, Erkki
Laatikainen, Tiina
Janus, Edward
Journal name Australian family physician
Volume number 38
Issue number 5
Start page 352
End page 356
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publication South Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2009-05
ISSN 0300-8495
Summary Background: Smoking is the largest single cause of preventable death and disease in Australia. This study describes smoking prevalence and the characteristics of rural smokers to guide general practitioners in targeting particular groups.

Methods: Cross sectional surveys in the Greater Green Triangle region of southeast Australia using a random population sample (n=1563, participation rate 48.7%) aged 25–74 years. Smoking information was assessed by a self administered questionnaire.

Results: Complete smoking data were available for 1494 participants. Overall age adjusted current smoking prevalence was 14.9% (95% CI: 13.1–16.7). In both genders, current smoking prevalence decreased with age. Those aged 25–44 years were more likely to want to stop smoking and to have attempted cessation, but less likely to have received cessation advice than older smokers.

Discussion
: This study provides baseline smoking data for rural health monitoring and identifies intervention opportunities. General practice is suited to implement interventions for smoking prevention and cessation at every patient encounter, particularly in younger individuals.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920506 Rural Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Australian Family Physician
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025471

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