Barriers to smoking cessation in inner-city African American young adults

Frances A. Stillman, Lee Bone, Erika Avila-Tang, Katherine Smith, Norman Yancey, Calvin Street, Kerry Owings

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The prevalence of tobacco use among urban African American persons aged 18 to 24 years not enrolled in college is alarmingly high and a challenge for smoking cessation initiatives. Recent data from inner-city neighborhoods in Baltimore, Md, indicate that more than 60% of young adults smoke cigarettes. We sought to describe community-level factors contributing to this problem. Data from focus groups and surveys indicate that the sale and acquisition of "loosies" are ubiquitous and normative and may contribute to the high usage and low cessation rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1405-1408
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 8 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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