Tobacco use in Florida

Comparisons between adults living with and without disabilities

Allyson G. Hall, Jessica R. Schumacher, Michael Brad Cannell, Joyce Balls-Berry, Melody Schiaffino, Sinyoung Park

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Background: Florida has the third largest population in the U.S. of persons living with disabilities, making optimizing health outcomes for this population paramount. Though the state has a long-standing and robust program to reduce tobacco use, prevention efforts do not specifically target persons with disabilities. Objective: To compare rates of tobacco use behaviors and second hand smoke exposure between adults living with and without disabilities. Methods: Secondary analysis of 2007-2009 Florida BRFSS data. The proportions of persons with disabilities who were cigar or cigarette smokers, quit smoking, were exposed to secondhand smoke, or had an interest in calling a Quit Line were compared for persons with and without disabilities. Weighted proportions and accompanying 95% confidence intervals were calculated, with proportions adjusted for age, gender, race, and education. Results: Adult Floridians with a disability were more likely to report being a current cigarette smoker and being exposed to secondhand smoke, yet were also more likely to report quitting smoking for at least one day than were persons without a disability. No differences were found for cigar smoking, age at smoking initiation, or interest in the Quit Line. Conclusions: Findings suggest persons with disability are disproportionately burdened by tobacco use, yet are more likely to attempt to quit, suggesting a need for targeted interventions to assist persons with a disability in smoking cessation and reducing tobacco use and exposure. This has important implications for the future health of a group at greater risk of chronic disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-219
Number of pages7
JournalDisability and Health Journal
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

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Keywords

  • BRFSS
  • Florida
  • Smoking
  • Tobacco

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Tobacco use in Florida : Comparisons between adults living with and without disabilities. / Hall, Allyson G.; Schumacher, Jessica R.; Cannell, Michael Brad; Balls-Berry, Joyce; Schiaffino, Melody; Park, Sinyoung.

In: Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 6, No. 3, 01.07.2013, p. 213-219.

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Hall, Allyson G. ; Schumacher, Jessica R. ; Cannell, Michael Brad ; Balls-Berry, Joyce ; Schiaffino, Melody ; Park, Sinyoung. / Tobacco use in Florida : Comparisons between adults living with and without disabilities. In: Disability and Health Journal. 2013 ; Vol. 6, No. 3. pp. 213-219.
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