Promoting smoking cessation among community-living female smokers by training smoking cessation and reduction ambassadors

Ka Yan Ho, William Ho Cheung Li, Katherine Ka Wai Lam, Man Ping Wang, Wei Xia, Lok Yin Ho, Laurie Long Kwan Ho, Tai Hing Lam, Sophia Siu Chee Chan

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Abstract

Background: Females are less willing than males to seek help from smoking cessation services; the present study examined how the use of these services by females could be enhanced by training young female ambassadors to deliver a brief intervention. Methods: We collaborated with the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association. Fifty of the association's Girl Guides served as smoking cessation and reduction ambassadors to deliver a brief intervention to at least two female smokers. The effectiveness of the intervention was evaluated by a one-group pre-test and repeated post-test design. We undertook data collection at baseline and at 1, 3 and 6 months. Results: In all, 106 female smokers received the brief intervention. At 6-month follow-up, the self-reported abstinence was 12.2%; the biochemically verified prevalence of quitting was 5.7%. Approximately 7% of participants were motivated to use smoking cessation services between baseline and 6 months. Conclusions: This study supports the effectiveness of a brief intervention in promoting smoking cessation for community-living female smokers in Hong Kong. However, the intervention could be enhanced by further promoting the use of smoking cessation services to female smokers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Public Health (United Kingdom)
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • health promotion
  • population-based and preventive services
  • smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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