Knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding smoking cessation among Chinese affiliates of women's organisations in Hong Kong

Yin Ping Leung, S.S.C. Chan, I.C.Y. Fu, T.-H. Lam

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Volunteers and staff of women's organisations who are highly active in engaging and providing community service can be recruited to motivate female smokers to quit. We described the knowledge and attitudes regarding tobacco control and smoking cessation among these affiliates in Hong Kong and identified factors associated with the practices of cessation interventions. Eight of 14 women's organisations joining the Women Against Tobacco Taskforce agreed to participate. All staff, volunteers, and members of the eight organisations were invited to complete a self-administered anonymous questionnaire during July and August 2006. A total of 623 out of 771 (80.8%) affiliates responded. Their knowledge on smoking and health (mean=3.91, SD=1.44 on a range of 0-7), smoking related diseases (mean=2.91, SD=0.97 on a range of 0-4), and women-specific diseases (mean=2.93, SD=1.87 on a range of 0-6), was considered to be inadequate. They had positive attitudes towards tobacco control (mean=3.31, SD=0.55) and their own role in smoking cessation counselling (mean=3.19, SD=0.56) on a 4-point Likert scale and 39.3% reported had attempted to offer quitting advice. Logistic regression analysis found that participants having direct contact with smokers who had a positive attitude towards their own role in smoking cessation counselling (OR=2.57; 95% CI=1.67-3.95) and better knowledge of smoking and smoking-related diseases (OR=1.35; 95% CI=1.06-1.71) were more likely to provide cessation counselling after controlling for gender; knowledge on smoking and health, and women-specific diseases; attitude towards tobacco control, negative and positive attitudes towards female smokers, and perceived self-efficacy in smoking cessation counselling. Women's organisations showed limited support towards tobacco control and their affiliates had a limited knowledge on smoking and health but had positive attitudes. Appropriate training, capacity building and establishing rapport with women's organisations are needed to promote smoking cessation and to support tobacco control in the community. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-216
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitudes and practice
  • Knowledge
  • Smoking cessation
  • Women's organisations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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