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BMC Public Health

, 11:873

Health behavior, health promotion and society

Abstract

BackgroundDeveloping more accessible stop smoking services SSS is important, particularly for reaching smokers from socio-economically deprived groups who are more likely to smoke and less likely to quit in comparison to their more affluent counterparts. A drop-in mobile SSS MSSS was piloted across 13 locations in socio-economically deprived areas of Nottingham.

MethodsSemi-structured telephone interviews were conducted to explore the views of 40 smokers who registered with the MSSS.

ResultsThe MSSS appeared to trigger quit attempts. For some of the participants the attempt was totally unplanned; for others, it built on pre-existing thoughts about quitting which had not yet been acted upon. Smokers interested in quitting were comfortable about approaching the MSSS, whilst acknowledging that they did not feel pressured to register with the service. The drop-in format of the MSSS was found to be more appealing than making an appointment. In addition, several participants articulated that they may not have utilised other SSS had they not come across the MSSS.

ConclusionsA MSSS may be an effective way to prompt quit attempts for smokers not planning to quit and also reach smokers who would not engage with SSS.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2458-11-873 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Manpreet Bains - Andrea Venn - Rachael L Murray - Ann McNeill - Laura L Jones

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