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Partner smoking characteristics: Associations with smoking and quitting among blue-collar apprentices



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  1. Errata: Erratum Article first published online: 25 September 2013



Studies suggest that the social context of blue-collar workers contribute to their low smoking cessation rates. However, little is known on the effect of partner smoking and requests to quit on workers' cessation attempts.


Using data from a longitudinal smoking cessation intervention, multivariable logistic regression models were constructed to investigate the association of partner smoking characteristics with cessation among blue-collar apprentices.


Smokers were more likely to have partners who smoke (OR 13.06; 95% CI 8.52–20.01). Partner's request to quit was associated with higher odds of smoking cessation at 1 month (OR 3.74; 95% CI 2.49–5.63) and 6 months (OR 1.90; 95% CI 1.06–3.41) post-intervention. Having a partner who smoked was associated with lower odds of smoking cessation at 1 month (OR 0.41; 95% CI 0.27–0.62), but not 6 months post-intervention.


Results suggest that smoking cessation interventions that include partner support might improve cessation among blue-collar smokers. Am. J. Ind. Med. 53:1102–1108, 2010. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.