Dr. Ashish Joshi, assistant dean for students and associate professor at the CUNY School of Public Health and colleagues published a study in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. This study aimed to assess the factors influencing smoking initiation and cessation among current smokers in Chennai, India.
[Photo: Dr. Ashish Joshi]
This cross-sectional study utilized a convenience sample of 100 current smokers aged over the age of 15 years. The researchers administered a modified version of Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screen Test to gather information on socio-demographics, smoking initiation and cessation, expenditure on smoking products and perceptions on incentives for smoking cessation. The major reasons for smoking initiation were surrounding influence, stress, and fun. Majority of participants attempted to quit smoking within past 6 months but failed. Health promotion programs and financial incentives were perceived to be helpful in smoking cessation. Smoking cessation strategies need to target the multi-factorial nature of smoking initiation and cessation.