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New report shows majority of Missouri smokers want to quit smoking in next six months

A report  from CPHSS shows that 64% of Missouri smokers reported in 2007 that they were seriously considering stopping smoking within the next six months. However, awareness of and access to resources to help Missouri smokers quit varied widely across several characteristics, such as geographic location, education level, income level, and race/ethnicity. Just over half (51%) of all current smokers tried at least once in the past year to stop smoking, but were unsuccessful.

Findings of the report led to several recommendations for the Missouri tobacco control community:

  • Ensure consistent identification, advice and treatment of every tobacco user by healthcare professionals and delivery systems.
  • Increase access to and use of evidence-based cessation treatment.
  • Implement comprehensive, population-level tobacco control policies.
Read more about the findings and recommendations in the CPHSS report, Who Wants to Quit? Tobacco Cessation in Missouri. This report is the final in a series presenting data from the 2007 Missouri County-Level Study. The first three reports in the series can be accessed here.

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