Associations of menthol use with motivation and confidence to quit smoking

Lorraine R. Reitzel, Carol J. Etzel, Yumei Cao, Kolawole S. Okuyemi, Jasjit S. Ahluwalia

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Abstract

Objectives: To examine associations of menthol cigarette use with motivation and confidence to quit smoking, and potential moderation by race, among adult current smokers (N = 1067; 85% White, 15% Black). Methods: Regression analyses, adjusted for sociodemographics and tobacco dependence, examined associations of menthol use with motivation and confidence to quit smoking with and without an interaction term for race. Results: Main effects were not significant; however, there was a significant interaction for confidence to quit smoking (p =.02). Stratified analyses indicated that Black menthol users were more confident about quitting than Black non-menthol users (p = .01). Conclusions: Given their relatively lower quit rates as cited in previous literature, Black menthol users appear overly confident about their ability to quit smoking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-634
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013

Keywords

  • Confidence and motivation to quit
  • Menthol
  • Race

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