Tobacco smoking produces ill effects for smokers and nonsmokers alike. Yet getting smokers to quit has proven to be difficult. Current treatment modalities center on the physiological and psychological aspects of nicotine dependence. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the actual and perceived barriers of accessing smoking cessation resources and achieving smoking cessation. For this research, a purposeful sample was obtained. Semi structured interviews from ten current smokers were conducted. Several themes about smoking emerged from this study which included reasons and strategies for quitting. Other themes centered on the barriers to quitting smoking such as stress, release of anxiety, and enjoyment. Finally, the social influences on smoking emerged from this study. A limitation of this study is in regards to lack of focus group interactions. Future research is warranted to examine the results social influences on smoking and address the findings from a focus group in comparison to interviews. Social smoking and the influence of friends was a thought-provoking discovery. This finding can further prompt upcoming researchers to explore the social influence as a barrier to smoking cessation.
|Commitee:||Barnett, Shanna, Nohelty, Susan, Solomon, Abida|
|Department:||School of Nursing and Health Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health sciences, Public health|
|Keywords:||Barriers to smoking cessation|
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