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Smoking-related Outcomes and Associations with Tobacco-free Policy in Addiction Treatment, 2015–2016

Thursday, September 14, 2017  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Joseph Guydish, Deborah Yip, Thao Le, Noah R. Gubner, Kevin Delucchi, Paul Roman
Smoking-related Outcomes and Associations with Tobacco-free Policy in Addiction Treatment, 2015–2016.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence 179 (2017) 355–361.
 
This study assessed changes in smoking-related outcomes in two cross-sectional samples of clients enrolled in addiction treatment and whether tobacco-free grounds policies were associated with smoking-related outcomes. Clients in 25 programs were surveyed in 2015 (N =1176) and 2016 (N=1055). The samples were compared on smoking prevalence, cigarettes per day (CPD), thinking of quitting, past year quit attempts, staff and clients smoking together, attitudes towards quitting, and tobacco-related services. Second, programs with (n =6) and without (n =17) tobacco-free grounds at both time points were compared on smoking-related outcomes. Last, we examined changes in these measures for two programs that adopted tobacco-free grounds between 2015 and 2016. There was one difference across years, such that the mean score for the tobacco Program Service scale increased from 2.37 to 2.48 (p= 0.043, effect size =0.02). In programs with tobacco-free grounds policies, compared to those without, both CPD and the rate of staff and clients smoking together were significantly lower. In the two programs where tobacco-free grounds were implemented during study years, client smoking prevalence decreased (92.5% v. 67.6%, p=0.005), the rate of staff and clients smoking together decreased (35.6% v. 4.2%, p=0.031), mean CPD decreased (10.62 v. 8.24, p<0.001) and mean tobacco services received by clients increased (2.08 v. 3.05, p<0.001). Addiction treatment programs, and agencies responsible for licensing, regulating and funding these programs, should implement tobacco-free grounds policies.

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