Factors Associated With Tobacco Smoking Practices Among Middle-Aged and Older Women in Texas

Matthew Lee Smith, Brian Colwell, Sangnam Ahn, Marcia G. Ory

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Abstract

This study examines middle-aged and older women's smoking practices and identifies factors associated with tobacco use and cessation in this population. Data of 593 women were analyzed from a seven-county random household sample in Texas. Sequential multinomial logistic regression compared associations with having never smoked, having quit smoking, and currently smoking. Compared to smokers, never smokers and past smokers were significantly more likely to be older, more educated, of better general health, and report past-year physician visits and fewer depressive symptoms. Mental health and smoking are interrelated, indicating the need for addressing depression in smoking-cessation efforts for aging women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

Keywords

  • aging
  • public health
  • smoking
  • tobacco
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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