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Abstract Introduction The purpose of this study was to 1 describe the role of smoking in the lives of women in residential substance use disorder SUD treatment and 2 explore perceptions of the facilitators and barriers to tobacco-free policy among women in residential SUD treatment.
Methods This was a community-engaged study using qualitative descriptive methods.
We first recruited women in a residential SUD treatment facility to participate on a community research team. Interviews and focus groups were analyzed using content analysis.
There were three themes related to the benefits of tobacco-free policy: Barriers to tobacco-free policy included 1 lack of an alternative coping mechanism to smoking, 2 fear that a tobacco-free policy would drive clients away, and 3 anticipation of implementation challenges.
Conclusions Many women in residential SUD treatment smoke, which they attribute to the fact that smoking is used to facilitate socialization and cope with stress.
Future research is needed to develop and test messages to counter the misperception that smoking is an effective method to cope with stress. Ultimately, evidence-based tobacco-free policies are needed to reduce tobacco-related disease among women with SUDs. Implications To promote smoking cessation among women with substance use disorders through evidence-based tobacco policy, it is necessary to first understand the role of smoking in their lives as well as facilitators and barriers to tobacco-free policy in residential treatment facilities.
Participants reported that smoking facilitated socialization and served as a coping mechanism. Tobacco-free policies have many benefits, including improved health, support for continued abstinence from a previous tobacco-free placement eg, prisonand less grounds up-keep.
Barriers include the lack of an alternative coping mechanism, fear that a tobacco-free policy would drive away clients and anticipation of implementation challenges. To reduce the burden of tobacco-related morbidity and mortality among women and their children, it is necessary to catalyze a culture change in behavioral health settings to prioritize the treatment of tobacco alongside treatment of other addictions.
Introduction Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease nationwide, and a risk factor for cancer in nearly every organ of the body. Among children, exposure to tobacco smoke further increases the risk of SIDS, 1 as well as middle ear disease, impaired lung function, more frequent and severe asthma attacks, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Women addicted to alcohol or other drugs have particular challenges with tobacco treatment. Compared to men with SUDs, women are more likely to have co-occurring mood and anxiety disorders which can complicate tobacco dependence treatment.
People with alcoholism are more likely to die of tobacco-related disease than alcohol-related disease. The study setting was a residential SUD treatment facility that serves women with alcohol and other drug addiction. The facility, located in a southern, historically tobacco growing state, is licensed to provide care to women who are pregnant, and young children can live with their mother on site.
This study was conducted through a partnership between the university research team and a community research team. Four community members women living in the residential treatment facility were on the community research team at any given time, and throughout the year there were a total of 11 members.
The guides were further informed by the community research team through 1 regular meetings of the university and community research team members, 2 photo voice, and 3 social determinants mapping.
For the photo voice project, the community research team members were given disposable cameras and asked to take photos of environmental triggers for smoking throughout the day.
The community research team also participated in a social determinants mapping exercise. They drew a map of the places they went on a weekly basis, and identified places where they typically smoked eg, smoking porch at the treatment facility or engaged in health promoting activities eg, walking path or the site of a support group meeting.
These activities helped guide discussions about the role of smoking for women in the residential treatment program and inform the content for the interview and focus group guides. Clients were recruited from weekly wellness courses held at the treatment facility. Staff members who engaged directly with the clients on a regular basis were recruited, including those involved in treatment, admissions, case management, and peer support.
Including the perspectives of both staff and clients in this study allowed for data triangulation. A trained research assistant AM and an expert in qualitative research methods AFB conducted the focus groups, and the research assistant conducted individual interviews.
Measures Interview and focus group guides with main questions and structured prompts were used; unstructured prompts were used to follow up on unexpected topics that arose. We assessed the importance of smoking cessation to each client, as well as whether they felt confident they would quit smoking in the next month.Jun 19, · But nicotine is only a menace when it can addict people to conventional cigarettes – that is, tobacco wrapped in paper.
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Tobacco smoking is the practice of smoking tobacco and inhaling tobacco smoke (consisting of particle and gaseous phases). (A more broad definition may include simply taking tobacco smoke into the mouth, and then releasing it, as is done by some with tobacco pipes and cigars.)The practice is believed to have begun as early as – BC in Mesoamerica and South America.
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