Intention to quit hand - rolled cigarettes among young smokers living in a tobacco plantation area of Thailand

 ABSTRACT

Hand-rolled cigarettes are as harmful to health as other cigarettes. In Thailand, over half of cigarette smokers are hand-rolled cigarette smokers and numbers are increasing - especially in youngsters.

Objectives

The purpose of this study was to examine the intention to quit and related factors of quittingsmoking in younghand-rolled cigarette smokers.

Methods

Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) was used.The study sample comprised of138 hand-rolled cigarette smokers aged 15-35 years residing in Chiang Rai province selected viastratified random sampling. Data were collected via face to face interviews. Descriptive statistics, Pearson’s product moment correlation coefficient, and stepwise multiple regression analysis were used for data analysis.

Results

The results of the study indicate that subjects had the intention to quit hand-rolled cigarettes at the moderate level. Stepwise multiple regression analysis showed that perceived behavioral control, number of cigarettes smoked per day and age could altogether explain 38.7 percent of the intention to quit smoking (p-value < 0.05).

Conclusion

It is suggested that Public health nurses should focus their activities on supporting the intention to quit hand-rolled cigarettes with regards to perceived behavioral control, as well as to inform citizens regarding the harmfulness of hand-rolled cigarettes to health. Measures pertaining to tobacco smoking control in Thailand should cover the hand-rolled cigarette variety.

Keywords

Hand-rolled cigarettes/ Intention to quit/ Theory of planned behavior

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