Social status affects Smoking cessation

Quit Smoking is not easy. However, if you're poor and uneducated, to get rid of a bad habit forever, it is doubly hard, according to a new study of tobacco dependence in one of the colleges of new York (CCNY).

Christine Schaeffer, Professor of medicine, fellow of the College CCNY name Sophie Davis conducted a study among smokers from different socio-economic backgrounds after around the state of Arkansas were completed program of Smoking cessation.

First, the differences between rich or poor people were not observed, but the time passed, the mismatch between the groups emerged and expanded. Those who have the least amount of social and financial resources, was the hardest of all to prevent cravings in the long run. "The poorer they are, the worse," said Professor Schaeffer, who was in charge of the programme.

She found that smokers on the lowest rung of the socio-economic ladder was a case of resumption of bad habits after 3 months of treatment, 55 percent more likely than those who were at the top of the stairs. To six months after quitting Smoking, the likelihood of their return to cigarettes jumped to a two and a half times more than more affluent smokers. The study will be published in the March 2012 issue of the journal of public health, and appears earlier in the review online magazine "First Look".

"Smoking is still the main cause of high mortality and morbidity in the United States," said Professor Schaeffer. "And it all becomes a more serious problem in developing countries."

Unfortunately, those people who are on the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder, have more difficulty than those who are on top. And for those smokers who began Smoking during adolescence may never knew other ways to cope with stress.

For people with low socio-economic status (SES), it can be tough to avoid the temptation as well. "Lower SES groups, low-paid work not protected smokeless," said Schaeffer, therefore, persons who have left can be back at work surrounded by smokers. Also less of them do not have Smoking in their homes.

These factors are rarely considered in standard treatment programs. "Evidence-based treatment, which all have been designed for middle-class patients," Professor Schaeffer stated that "...thus, we are talking about the problems of the middle class". Further research will help to determine how the standard six sessions of therapy, may be amended or supplemented, to help absolutely everyone, regardless of their social status.

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